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Nunes has potential to become Wolves' best player, as star makes decisive impact vs Everton

Wolves took all three points against Everton in dramatic fashion, with Rayan Ait-Nouri scoring in injury-time at Goodison Park.

The Julen Lopetegui is off to a flying start, and it’s two wins in two for the new head coach following victory over Gillingham in the Carabao Cup.

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Wanderers’ performance wasn’t the best.

There was a lot of sloppiness, and some shakiness at the back.

But Wolves got the job done and that is all that matters at the moment.

It was the biggest three points of the season so far, and Lopetegui must take enormous credit for the win.

He made some excellent substitutions, and one player who had a decisive impact was Matheus Nunes.

Nunes has had a very indifferent start at Wolves since his high profile move from Sporting CP in the summer.

Fans were expecting big things from the maestro. But so far we have only seen his class in glimpses. It can be argued that he wasn’t really used correctly under Steve Davis and Bruno Lage.

Against Everton he was named on the bench which was surprising. Lopetegui decided to go with a midfield three of Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Joe Hodge.

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Nunes was introduced in the second-half, and made a really solid impact.

He carried the ball well, and looked to spread the play out wide.

And he played an important role in the goal, leading the counter-attack and finding Adama Traore out wide with the Spaniard then crossing for Ait-Nouri.

After the game, Lopetegui made his feeling clear about Nunes, saying (The Athletic): “But it is good for us, we want to have good shape to play inside and make the pitch big and Hodgey, Joao and Ruben worked in a very good way and afterwards Matheus Nunes played at a very high level.”

Matheus Nunes can now become the key player Wolves fans thought he would when he signed

It was quite the surprise to see Nunes on the bench against Everton.

One wonders if that was a move designed by Lopetegui to light a fire beneath the 24-year-old.

If that was the intention then it appeared to work, because Nunes was really good against Everton when he came on.

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It’s going to be really interesting to see how each individual player gets on under the new head coach – but Nunes especially.

This is a player with genuine world-class potential, and someone who hasn’t yet delivered at Molineux.

Hopefully, he can now truly arrive for Wolves following the arrival of a top coach. Quite possibly, he could become Wolves’ best player under the Spaniard.