Bruno Lage reportedly told his superiors he didn’t need a central midfielder last month, before handing Luke Cundle his first start for Wolves at the weekend.
Many people felt a little disappointed following the immediate closure of the winter window.
While Wolves were (and still are) going well in the Premier League, there was a feeling that Wolves needed one or two ‘first-team ready’ players.
Quite a few people wanted to see the addition of a new central midfielder in particular.
But no such addition was made.
It turns out that manager Lage told the club’s hierarchy that he didn’t one, instead informing them that youngster Cundle would get his chance at the right moment (via The Athletic). He is said to be ‘a huge fan’ of the teenager.
That moment came last weekend for Cundle, as he lined up in midfield alongside Ruben Neves and Leander Dendoncker.
Joao Moutinho is currently struggling with an injury, although it’s not thought to be serious.
The veteran also missed the game with Arsenal.
Cundle ended up putting in a really encouraging performance against Spurs down in north London, recording a pass completion rate of 96%.
Moutinho might be back soon, but Cundle has proven he can at least be a potential option moving forwards.
A bold call from Bruno Lage as Luke Cundle shines for Wolves
This is a very interesting claim from The Athletic.
As Wolves fans well know, Lage has often been quite public about his desire to sign players who can add quality to his squad.
To apparently tell the board he didn’t need a new central midfielder just shows how he feels about Cundle and his potential.
And given how Lage has done so far at Wolves, few would now bet against him to really develop him.
It remains to be seen if this will be a stroke of genius from the 45-year-old.