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Under-23s boss Collins hails Wolves teenager after a goal and two assists

Wolves talent Luke Cundle enjoyed a birthday to remember yesterday.

On the day he turned 19, Cundle scored and laid on two goals in a 3-0 victory over Norwich for the Under-23s.

The win took Wolves back into the top three of Premier League 2 Division 2 with just two matches remaining.

Under-23s boss James Collins told the club website how impressed he is with Cundle’s football brain.

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“(Versatility is) really important. When I watch the first-team, the manager plays them in many different positions and different roles,” said Collins.

“But they are expected to learn the different systems and understand their roles within it as that shows football intelligence.

“It’s something we try to teach them all of the time and some pick it up better than others, some learn it more naturally.

“With Cundle, I’m making a sub and about to tell the sub what I want him to do on the pitch, and I can already hear him telling the sub before I can, so it’s a real pleasing thing when you have intelligent footballers out there.”

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Perhaps Wolves’ mid-table status will allow Nuno Espirito Santo to give some young players their debuts between now and the end of the season.

At 19, Cundle appears to be a smart young player, capable of making crucial contributions which win matches.

His immediate focus will be trying to help the Under-23s win promotion via the play-offs.

Strangely, both their last two matches of the season are against Reading. Win both and Wolves will have a chance to fight for promotion.