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Dave Edwards makes Matheus Nunes role claim after seeing his performance against Manchester United

Dave Edwards has claimed Matheus Nunes should be playing in a deeper role moving forwards for Wolves.

The maestro was back in the starting XI on New Year’s Eve against Manchester United.

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Julen Lopetegui named him on the bench for his first two games against Gillingham and Everton.

Prior to the game with the Red Devils, Nunes admitted that he had not really been at the races for Wolves before the World Cup.

He arrived last summer as Wanderers’ marquee signing. The club beat several other sides to his signature, and hopes were high that Nunes would take the team to a new level.

It hasn’t quite happened for him yet, but his display against United was very encouraging.

Lopetegui actually deployed Nunes, 24, deeper in midfield. He has previously mostly been operating as an attacking midfielder.

And it suited him. United’s midfielders couldn’t really get near him a lot of the time, as he used his athleticism to carry the ball into space.

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Edwards was really impressed with his showing, and reckons he should be playing that role regularly.

He said (Express & Star): “Meanwhile, I was really pleased to see Matheus Nunes come out publicly and criticise his own performances, and I think he was much improved at the weekend.

“It suits him to play deeper. He handled the ball very well and he can step past players, which is a huge asset to have.

“Playing him alongside Neves or in a flat midfield three is the way forward. Against Villa I’d like to see Boubacar Traore come into that three. If he’s fit, he has to play for his ability to win the ball back.”

Matheus Nunes has been mismanaged, he must feature in deep role for Wolves moving forwards

It is clear that Nunes has really been mismanaged during his time at Molineux so far.

Bruno Lage and Steve Davis’ insistence on using him higher up the pitch has been to the player’s (and the team’s) detriment.

He is most effective at taking the ball from deeper midfield positions and through the lines to the attacking third.

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He has the technical quality to do it, and so far we haven’t seen enough of it, through no fault of his own.

Nunes was much improved against United because he was in the role he knows the best. Playing alongside Neves suits him a lot, and hopefully Lopetegui keeps deploying him there.