Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui believes Matheus Cunha can lead the line next season.
The Brazilian has really started to find his feet this now at Molineux after joining the club in January.
Cunha has only scored two goals for Wanderers so far. But he has definitely been improving of late and has struck up a particularly good partnership with Diego Costa.
Costa has been leading the line, with Cunha playing just off of him.
The pair seem to have a great understanding.
Interestingly, Cunha seems to have been more effective of late having been operating just in behind Costa.
Shortly after he joined Wolves, Cunha was playing more as a line-leading striker. The role Costa is playing now.
He put in some of his least effective performances in that role.
But Lopetegui believes there is potential for Cunha to lead the line for him next season.
He said (Express & Star): “It depends. We have played with Matheus as a forward, sometimes with other forwards, it depends on the moment.
“I think he is able to play in both situations. I think it’s about the team.
“When you are playing in one way you have one kind of strength and other weaknesses, and it’s about this.
“We choose in each moment, always thinking we can help the team, and always trying to find the solution.”
Julen Lopetegui should resist temptation to have Matheus Cunha leading the line
These are some interesting remarks from the head coach that some Wolves fans will have strong opinion on.
Before joining Wolves, Cunha was playing as a striker for Atletico and he didn’t score.
And after Cunha joined Wolves and played the same role, he also failed to find the back of the net.
It was only when he moved back he started to become more effective.
Lopetegui’s priority this summer should be the bring in a clinical striker who will be able to work with Cunha playing just behind him.
This is a potential recipe for success for Wolves. Cunha has certainly been getting much better lately, and he could absolutely shine next season if he’s allowed to roam behind a true number nine.