Wolves took three huge points against Chelsea yesterday – and Matheus Cunha was arguably the best he has ever been since his move to the club.
Wanderers went four points clear of the relegation zone with the win.
Matheus Nunes’ sublime strike was the difference between the two teams at Molineux.
The midfielder, deployed in an unfamiliar right midfield role, was on hand to volley into the top corner from a tight angle.
Arguably, it was one of the goals of the season so far.
It was just a brilliant performance from Wolves, and a result that relieves a bit of pressure down at the bottom.
There were great performances all over the park for the home side.
There were a number of players who probably gave their best performances in a Wolves shirt. And Cunha was one of those players.
Fans have been clamouring for him to start recently, and Julen Lopetegui duly obliged, using him up top with Diego Costa against the Blues.
And it was a partnership that worked, with Cunha showing some great link-up play.
The Chelsea defence found the Brazilian difficult to contain, and there was one moment in the second-half where he carried the ball through about three players as he led a counter-attack, before slipping in Nunes.
The Portuguese couldn’t get a shot away, but it was fantastic dribbling from Cunha to create the chance.
Without doubt, he should be starting every game now and preferably with a partner like on Saturday.
Wolves are a better team when Matheus Cunha plays
Wolves look a much better outfit when in a 4-4-2 system and with Cunha as part of the strikeforce.
Not only does he link up well with those around him, Cunha also shows great work rate.
And it feels infectious. Other players seem to feed off his energy and it makes for a team that is much harder to play against.
The 23-year-old just needs to work on being a bit more prolific. That is perhaps the one part of his game holding him back from being a top player.
If he was able to chip in with a few more goals, then Wolves would be in business.