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Luke Cundle shines for U23s again, and his form could have Leander Dendoncker looking over his shoulder

The Wolves U23s continued their fantastic form last night, beating Middlesbrough 3-2 to reach the Premier League Cup final.

James Collins’ side booked their place against West Bromwich Albion after a thrilling contest at Molineux.

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And it was once again a fantastic night for Luke Cundle, who helped himself to two goals.

After Lee Harkin gave Wolves the lead in the first minute, Boro quickly hit back through Calum Kavanagh.

On the stroke of half-time, Cundle grabbed his first of the game.

Hugo Bueno floated a cross to the back post, with the 19-year-old ghosting in unmarked to finish with aplomb on the volley.

Cundle’s second goal of the game came about after good work from Dexter Lembikisa, whose cross found Chem Campbell who chested down for Taylor Perry to force a save from the goalkeeper. Cundle showed great composure to make space and finish into an empty goal.

Boro did grab one back in injury-time though Stephen Walker. But it proved to be nothing more than a consolation, and Wolves now have a Black Country Derby cup final to look forward to.

Cundle’s display will surely have sent a message to first-team manager Bruno Lage.

The teenager is currently in a situation of being on the fringes of the first-team and starring for the U23s.

Just of late though, his form has really picked up.

And one wonders if he might see more minutes in Wolves’ final four games of the season.

Potentially, he may have Leander Dendoncker looking over his shoulder.

Luke Cundle form may impact Leander Dendoncker’s game time at Wolves

Ruben Neves is a nailed on pick for Lage.

Joao Moutinho is then next in the pecking order, and the duo are often deployed together

£12 million star Dendoncker is definitely behind the Portuguese pair, but he might soon find himself behind Cundle as well, given the way the youngster is playing.

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Dendoncker had some good games for Wolves earlier in 2022.

But just lately he has struggled again and lacked influence alongside Moutinho.

Cundle appears to be going from strength to strength, and it’s possible he could start getting those opportunities that Lage has been handing to Dendoncker, with the Belgian featuring much less across the final four games.

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