Wolverhampton Wanderers v Newcastle United - Premier League 2
Photo by Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images

James Collins praises Hugo Bueno after youngster hits brace for Wolves U23s

The Wolves U23s are on the verge of securing a Premier League 2 Division 2 play-off place, after beating Newcastle United 4-2 at Molineux last night.

James Collins’ side were in fine fettle as they blew the Magpies away with some brilliant football at times.

It was a strong side for Wolves as the likes of Chiquinho, Toti Gomes, Luke Cundle and Ki-Jana Hoever all started.

Wolves knocked the ball around with confidence and rather dominated for most of the game.

The four goals for the hosts came from two players, with Luke Cundle and Hugo Bueno both hitting braces.

Cundle was operating in an unfamiliar false nine role, and Collins was delighted with his efforts, likening him to Manchester City and England star Phil Foden.

The U23s boss was also really pleased with left-back Bueno.

He said of the Spaniard: “You talk about hard work, and that boy works harder than anyone I know. After we finish training he grabs a bag of balls and he’s doing little stepovers and jinks.

Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images

“I actually tease him at times because I tell him that’s not his game. But then he gets in those positions and he produces it and scores.

“Some people think that’s luck or talent, but that’s not talent. That’s him working extremely hard at his craft to become more threatening in the attacking thirds. He’s got his rewards tonight, which he may well have got earlier on in the season at different times, but he’s been unlucky, so I was delighted for him to get his goals tonight.”

Bueno has been with Wolves since 2019.

He joined the club from Spanish club Arosa, and has made fantastic progress at the club over the past couple of years.

Hugo Bueno could be next up for first-team chance at Wolves

Bueno is another young player at Wolves who is really impressing right now.

The starlet is having a really strong campaign. And one wonders if he could be the next in line for a chance under Bruno Lage.

Luke Cundle got his Premier League debut earlier in 2022.

Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images

And Chem Campbell also appeared in the competition for the first time against Newcastle recently.

There has been some talk about Fernando Marcal perhaps moving on from Wolves at the end of his contract.

If that happens, then Lage may wish to take a look at Bueno with a view to perhaps embedding him next season.