Lee Naylor wants to see Matheus Cunha play left wing for Wolves
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Lee Naylor wants to see Matheus Cunha play left wing for Wolves

Former Wolves full-back Lee Naylor has said he wants to see Matheus Cunha play from the left.

The January signing from Atletico Madrid has been the topic of conversation for Wanderers supporters in recent weeks regarding his best position.

Wolves believe he is a striker who is capable of playing out wide.

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Previously in his career, Cunha has found success operating as a second striker.

Many supporters have been clamouring for the Brazilian to play just off Raul Jimenez or Diego Costa. But Julen Lopetegui has so far been reluctant to try that.

But Naylor believes Cunha could be really effective for Wolves playing out on the left.

He said on the latest Wolves Weekly podcast: “I’ll be honest, I like Cunha out on the left. I really like him as an inside winger. I think he can give more coming from there. I don’t think he’s an out-and-out striker.

“What he is is an absolute workhorse and as a full-back, he’s someone you’d want in front of you.

“I think he could be a real important part (of the team) if he does play. He’s got pace, he’s got power, he’s got strength. I just don’t think he’s got that number nine quality.”

Lee Naylor might be right, Matheus Cunha could be better playing from the left for Wolves

Potentially, Cunha could be good operating from the left.

But it does feel like Wolves need two up top. So maybe if he does play from the left he would have to keep narrow to provide that support, and have either Hugo Bueno or Rayan Ait-Nouri pushed up high to provide real width.

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It remains to be seen if this is something Lopetegui will consider.

Daniel Podence has tended to get the nod to play left wing this season. He’s Wolves’ top scorer with six goals and after his goal against Nottingham Forest he might come back into the starting XI.

Hwang Hee-chan may also be in contention to play, after he was spotted at Wolves’ open training session on Tueday.