Wolves manager Gary O’Neil has said that Matheus Cunha does not arrive in front of goal as much as he would like, but is improving.

Wanderers fell to a frustrating 3-1 defeat against Liverpool yesterday in the Premier League.

Wolves took the lead through Hwang Hee-chan and played extremely well in the first-half.

But a poor second-half performance followed, and Wolves threw it away in the last 15 minutes with some bad defending.

It could have been so different had Wolves been a bit more clinical.

In the first-half, Cunha missed a golden opportunity to put Wolves 2-0 up, and after the game O’Neil gave his thoughts about the Brazilian and where he’s at right now…

Gary O’Neil gives his honest thoughts about Matheus Cunha right now

O’Neil’s frustrations were clear after yesterday’s game.

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While he did highlight positives, he knows his side need to find that cutting edge.

And one man who just doesn’t have that right now is Cunha.

O’Neil feels the Brazilian is lacking in front of goal, but has also said that he is improving.

He said (via Wolves official): “We got him into some better areas today, which is a start. He doesn’t arrive in front of the goal as much as I would like, and we’re working hard with him on that, and he made a big improvement in that today.

“In and around the goal he had a couple of sniffs and I’m sure he’ll be disappointed he didn’t manage to stick one away because we got him in good situations. There was a couple of others in the first-half. It wasn’t to be, the lads worked extremely hard and gave everything.”

Cunha has to be better for Wolves

Cunha is an extremely frustrating player to watch.

He does some fantastic things, and is someone capable of lifting fans out of their seats.

But in the crucial moments, he is simply not good enough.

Wolves fans know that he is not clinical. But some of the chances he has squandered this season have been shocking.

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It is as though something comes over the £44 million star when he realises where he is.

Simply put, O’Neil can’t keep playing him as a central striker on his own.

It is very clear that he needs to be operating as an attacking midfielder that supports an actual central striker.

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