Yesterday Wolverhampton Wanderers got their first victory under new head coach, Bruno Lage, as they beat Real Betis 1-0.
It was a finely worked move with Nelson Semedo setting up Patrick Cutrone to score what is a rare goal for the Italian.
Although Semedo set up Cutrone, it was the incisive pass before that which got Wolves fans excited.
That was from little-known academy product Luke Cundle, who had an impressive cameo in the win over the La Liga side.
Former Benfica boss Lage will have already been introduced to the diminutive midfielder, but for those who have not, here is a profile about the player.
Who is Luke Cundle?Embed from Getty Images
Born in Warrington, Cundle initially tasted academy football for the first time at fellow Premier League side Burnley before joining Wolves seven years ago.
It has been a rapid rise for the 19-year-old midfielder who became the Wolves U18s captain in 2019 before linking up with the U23s.
During his time with Wolves’ oldest youth side, he made his competitive debut for the first team in a League Cup victory over Reading.Embed from Getty Images
First-team competitive appearances have been non-existent since. Despite this, he was on the substitutes’ bench six times last season in the Premier League.
A technically gifted player, Cundle’s most effective positions according to FMInside are as a central midfielder or an advanced playmaker.
What does the future hold for Cundle?Embed from Getty Images
Featuring in both of Wolves’ pre-season games so far, Cundle seems to have made an immediate impression on Lage.
With there expected to be more incomings and departures before the transfer window closes, it is not clear if Cundle would be one of the latter.
If he did leave, it would be most likely on loan, with Cundle signing a new two-and-a-half year contract last January.Embed from Getty Images
Speaking at the time, Wolves’ technical director Scott Sellars said: “Over the next two years, we’ll see where his path leads, and we’ll make the right decisions and pick the right plan for him.
“Whether that’s continuing with the under-23s to develop more physically, whether it’s better to go out on loan for senior experience, or whether we push him up into the first-team squad, a lot of those decisions will be up to Luke and whether he takes and embraces the opportunities he has in front of him.”
At 19 it appears Cundle may be ready for some more senior football, whether that will be a loan, more likely in the UK with his long-term future still lying with the first team for the time being.
If Cundle is promoted to becoming a full member of the first-team squad, he will be looking to build on his impressive showing against Real Betis.