Wolves lost 3-0 to Manchester City yesterday, and it was one of the most comfortable afternoon’s Ederson will have all season.
Julen Lopetegui’s side didn’t really lay a glove on the Premier League champions.
It was to be expected that City would dominate the ball.
But Wolves just couldn’t get near their penalty area, especially in the first-half.
Lopetegui appeared to admit he got his initial team selection wrong by making a triple substitution at half-time.
Adama Traore, Raul Jimenez and Hwang Hee-chan all made way, with Joao Moutinho, Pablo Sarabia and Matheus Cunha coming on.
There was a marginal improvement. But City were still very comfortable.
The biggest issue for Wolves remains the ability to score goals.
It’s just 12 scored in 20 Premier League games so far which is a truly abysmal return.
It is clear that Diego Costa’s best days are far behind him. And sadly Raul Jimenez just doesn’t look like he’ll be able to get back to being the player he was before his head injury.
The Mexican battled away yesterday, but was pretty much ineffective. He was certainly no danger to Ederson.
Lopetegui has surely now got to make Cunha a starter for Wolves.
Since his arrival at the start of January, Cunha has only been handed one start by Lopetegui. That was against West Ham United in the Premier League – a game Wolves won.
The Brazilian has mainly had to make do with substitute appearances so far. But whenever he has come on he has made an impact.
Matheus Cunha has to play ahead of Raul Jimenez and Diego Costa for Wolves
It has been surprising to see Cunha only make one start so far.
The 23-year-old has looked a real livewire coming off the bench, and he got assists against Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.
It just isn’t happening for Jimenez right now.
Everyone wants and hopes he’ll be able to return to his previous levels.
But Wolves’ situation is concerning right now, and Lopetegui cannot afford to wait on Jimenez to rediscover his mojo.
A recent report from The Athletic featured quotes from Terry Gibson, who is a regular pundit for La Liga matches. He’s seen Cunha play and says: “He’s a centre-forward. He’s mobile enough to play elsewhere because he’s not your big, lumbering No 9 who hasn’t got a lot of pace and is just good in the air.
“He’s mobile and dynamic, he works the channels and he doesn’t mind going wide, but I think his best position is clearly centre-forward.”
Perhaps with this assessment in mind, Lopetegui should be deploying Cunha as his striker from here on in.