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3 potential losers of Wolves' move for Matheus Cunha

Wolves have signed Matheus Cunha, in what is the first new player addition of the Julen Lopetegui era.

The Brazilian has joined from Atletico Madrid on loan, but with Wolves to pay around £40 million for his permanent transfer in the summer.

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Lopetegui has seen him a lot over in Spain, and will be hoping he can increase Wolves’ productivity in the final third.

As with any transfer, there will be winners and losers.

Here are three Wolves players who may be stung following Cunha’s arrival at the club…

Pedro Neto

Neto is currently out injured for Wolves, and Lopetegui has suggested he will back on the grass by the end of January.

Prior to his setback, the Portuguese youngster was in really poor form. Nothing was coming off for him, and he actually didn’t look particularly comfortable on the right side.

He is arguably better playing from the left. But that is a position Cunha can also play.

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He tends to play through the middle more often than not, but Cunha does have the capacity to play from the left where he can cut in on his strong right foot.

Neto already has competition in the form of Hwang Hee-chan and Daniel Podence. By the time he’s back fit again, there might be three players ahead of him in the pecking order.

Hwang Hee-chan

Speaking of Hwang, he is another player that might not benefit too much from Cunha joining the club.

The South Korea international plays on he left and also through the middle, meaning Cunha is basically direct competition.

£14 million star Hwang has endured a pretty miserable 2022 for Wolves.

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He looked great at the World Cup recently though, and fans are hoping he can find some confidence again after his heroics for his country.

But Cunha coming in might make his quest to do that a little more difficult.

There is a real player in Hwang. You get the feeling he just needs a manager who will put his arm around him, tell him how good he is and play him every game.

Diego Costa

Costa has impressed people behind the scenes at Wolves since his arrival. But his performances have left rather a lot to be desired.

People didn’t really expect too much of him given his age. But he’s just not been as good as people had hoped.

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Cunha’s arrival could really push Costa down the pecking order.

Raul Jimenez is back fit again now, and Lopetegui said soon after becoming manager that the Mexican would be an important player for him.

He’s got the World Cup out of the way now, and his fitness is almost there.

He could be a really important player for Wolves in the second-half of the season.

If Jimenez is able to find form, then Costa’s game time could really diminish, especially with Cunha also in there competing for minutes.