Dave Edwards wants to see more from Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes
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Dave Edwards wants to see more from Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes

Dave Edwards wants to see Matheus Nunes arriving in the box more for Wolves.

The midfielder was back in a more familiar role against Bournemouth on Saturday.

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But it was not one of his best games for Wanderers.

Nunes was a little sloppy in possession, and did not grab the game by the scruff of the neck as many expected he would.

Edwards believes that no one was really arriving in the box to finish off chances created by Adama Traore, and wants to see more of it from Nunes.

He said (Express & Star): “I’d like to see Nunes do a bit more of that from midfield. Very rarely did he arrive in the box. Moutinho was the only one that got across his man for a header.”

There were a couple of occasions where £38 million Nunes did make his way into the area.

But Bournemouth had plenty of men back, and the 24-year-old ultimately couldn’t work any space to have a clear shot at goal.

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There were no moments where he ghosted in late when Bournemouth didn’t have too many players back.

This is something we were actually seeing more of from Nunes under Bruno Lage.

He was playing more advanced under the former manager.

But the attacking midfield role didn’t really suit him, and it also meant Wolves were missing out on his ball-carrying ability from deeper positions.

Wolves need and out-and-out attacking midfielder to arrive in the box, as Dave Edwards makes demand of Matheus Nunes

Nunes does have the capacity to get up and support the attack.

But we have seen previously that he is not particularly effective in the penalty area.

Arguably, Wolves need an out-and-out attacking midfielder who can provide that quality.

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Maybe something worth considering for Julen Lopetegui is to play Matheus Cunha in the number 10 role, with Nunes and Ruben Neves further back.

Cunha has struggled leading the line, and it does feel he’s better suited to playing behind a main striker.

Perhaps him occupying that space in behind a Diego Costa or a Raul Jimenez is the way to go.