Former Molineux midfielder Dave Edwards has said he felt sorry for Wolves youngster Luke Cundle and Fabio Silva against Newcastle United last week.
Wanderers fell to a 1-0 defeat on Friday night against the Magpies, and it’s a result that has dented the club’s hopes for European football.
The top four will certainly be a massive ask now.
Luckily though, there was also defeats for Arsenal, West Ham United and Manchester United.
Wolves just were just very flat. There was no incisiveness and no invention.
They allowed Newcastle to get a foothold in the game, with Wolves putting in a frustrating display.
The home side certainly won the midfield battle, and Edwards says it was a big ask for Cundle to feature in a two.
He said in his latest Express & Star column: “The key area they lost was in midfield. It was a big ask to see Luke Cundle selected, especially in a midfield two but it was the only option Lage had and that really is the depth issue I wrote about in January when they needed someone in for this reason now.
“Newcastle had Shelvey, Guimaraes and Joelinton and they ran all over us. I felt a bit sorry for Cundle, as a young lad you’re trying to feel your way into the game, keep the ball and he never got out of that. He played safe and that’s a big difference from a Neves playing, understandably.”
Edwards also expressed his sympathy for Silva.
It was a chance for the teenager to build on his lively display against Aston Villa. But Wolves couldn’t play into his feet and link up with him.
“I felt a bit sorry for Fabio Silva,” Edwards added. “He ended up as a targetman and he’s more a player that likes to link around others. He’ll be disappointed with that late header which was a good chance.”
A tricky night for Cundle and Silva, but one both youngsters will learn lots from
Cundle was superb against Tottenham Hotspur on his first start back in February.
But that day he had Leander Dendoncker and Ruben Neves for company. Here, he was playing in a two with Joao Moutinho, against a three for Newcastle that including a very good player in Bruno Guimaraes.
It was perhaps always going to be a tough ask for him to have a big influence.
That said, Bruno Lage said after the game that he though Cundle played very well.
He did grow into the game as it went on and is clearly a talented passer of the ball.
Hopefully he and also Silva will learn a lot from the experience.