While Wolverhampton Wanderers are languishing in the Premier League relegation zone with just two wins to their name this season, loan star Luke Cundle is enjoying the polar opposite at Swansea City in the Championship.
The 20-year-old joined Russell Martin’s side on loan this summer and has made six appearances in the second tier thus far, with Swansea winning every single game that he has featured in, which is certainly not a bad record to boast.
In those six appearances, Cundle has contributed one goal and one assist, with WhoScored awarding him a solid 6.65 rating for his performances, which is an impressive return given that this is his first real taste of senior football.
The attacking midfielder has progressed through the academy at Wolves and has made 53 appearances for the U21s, in which he has contributed nine goals and 14 assists, but he has been limited to just seven outings for the senior side.
He certainly caught the eye of academy manager James Collins last season after a win against Birmingham City in the Premier League 2 and given that he is now assisting Steve Davis with first-team matters at Molineux, it would perhaps not be a surprise to see Cundle progress into the first team squad after his spell with the Swans.
Collins said: “Cundle scored a brilliant goal. I thought he was magnificent all night, showed his quality tonight and ran the game.
“I was delighted to have him back because he’s ready for that step up. Whether that’s with our first team or whether that’s a loan, because watching him out there, I thought he was magnificent.
“He’s got an outstanding brain and drives the game, he runs the game and dictates it which is a great skill. He’s intelligent, makes good decisions, can attack and defend and when you first see him, you wonder whether he could be a Premier League player because he’s slight and small.”
Considering Cundle is an attacking midfielder who is catching the eye in the Championship, there seems no reason why he can’t follow in the footsteps of Morgan Gibbs-White.
The 22-year-old also spent time with Swansea in the second tier before enjoying a superb season with Sheffield United in the 2021/22 campaign, scoring 12 goals and registering 10 assists for the Blades, which convinced Nottingham Forest that he was worth £42.5m in the summer.
The prospect of having another player of that ilk come through the academy will surely be an exciting one for Wolves fans, so they will be keeping a close eye on Cundle’s progress at Swansea, in the hope that he can have a similar impact to Gibbs-White in the not-too-distant future.