Matheus Cunha under pressure to deliver as Wolves don't sign out-and-out number nine
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Matheus Cunha under pressure to deliver as Wolves don't sign out-and-out number nine

Many Wolves fans are very pleased with the club’s performance in the January transfer window.

The squad needed several additions, and officials managed to bring in six new faces in the end.

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Julen Lopetegui was backed to the tune of around £75 million, and the Spaniard will now try to bed his new players in as quickly as possible.

The man that kicked it all off in January was Matheus Cunha, signing from Atletico Madrid on loan with Wolves paying the Spanish club £45 million in the summer.

The deal seems like it happened a long time ago now, with an agreement actually being reached before the January window even opened.

He’s already caught the eye for Wanderers and has a couple of assists to his name against Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in the cups.

But he’s yet to open his account, which is something Wolves will hope he does soon.

Cunha is actually not an out-and-out striker.

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Historically, he has been at his best playing off a main striker.

With Wolves not signing an actual, natural number nine in January, this means Cunha is now under pressure to deliver at Molineux.

There were some links to players like Michail Antonio and Viktor Gyokeres. But ultimately Wolves didn’t move for anyone.

On the Express & Star podcast, journalist Liam Keen said (08:45) that Wolves view Cunha as a number nine, who can also play out wide.

So there is certainly some pressure on him to score goals.

Wolves need Matheus Cunha to become more prolific than he has been previously

While Wolves had a great January window, the club have definitely taken a bit of gamble regarding the striker situation.

Some felt that another number nine would be coming in on top of Cunha.

But that hasn’t been the case, with Wolves seemingly prepared to play Cunha right up top.

As the only attacking addition last month, the expectation will be for him to be getting the goals. And he has got to try and be more prolific for Wolves than he has been previously in his career.

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He scored just seven goals for Atletico in 54 games. For RB Leipzig, he scored nine in 52. And for Hertha Berlin he did slightly better, scoring 13 in 40.

With Raul Jimenez and Diego Costa having both struggled, the Brazilian must step up.

The early signs have been good. He’s been a livewire when he’s come on in games. So hopefully this will soon yield goals.