Wolves lost 2-0 to Liverpool last night – and we again saw Matheus Nunes in a left midfield role.
The Portuguese was shunted out wide to accommodate Ruben Neves, Mario Lemina and Joao Moutinho on the middle.
It was something Julen Lopetegui did in the last game against Liverpool.
It happened to work at Molineux.
But this time, he really wasn’t effective at all.
Nunes was among the most disappointing players last night against Liverpool, and he does not seem comfortable in the role.
He’s played there a few times now, without really standing out.
He was excellent against Liverpool at Molineux last month. But he has not been able to follow up that performance.
The 24-year-old just seems to be wasted out there. And when he does get the ball, he can sometimes overcomplicate things.
Lopetegui ought to get Nunes back in the middle where he is most effective.
He is at his best when carrying the all through the lines as a number eight.
The system should be Lemina holding, with Neves and Nunes operating just in front.
Matheus Nunes is struggling at Wolves but he isn’t being helped
Without doubt, Nunes needs to be offering more.
As one of Wolves’ marquee signings this season, and best players on paper, a lot of his performances have been underwhelming.
It feels like he is not really being helped though.
Lopetegui insists on using him out in the left. The manager believes he has the quality and versatility to play there. It did work in that third game against Liverpool, but since then he hasn’t been effective there.
Surely, it is now time to end this experiment to give Nunes a chance to flourish.