When Wolverhampton Wanderers signed Matheus Nunes during the summer transfer window, they looked to be getting one of the hottest young prospects in European football, but sadly the Portuguese midfielder has endured a torrid start to life at Molineux.
Nunes signed for the Old Gold from Sporting Lisbon for a club-record £38m fee and was expected to complement Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves in an exciting all-Portuguese midfield.
However, the 24-year-old has been one of many disappointing performers for Wolves so far this season, as the Midlands outfit currently sit in 19th place in the Premier League and interim manager Steve Davis must consider dropping him until his form improves.
Last season saw Nunes contribute three goals and two assists for Sporting in the Portuguese Liga, averaging a superb 7.08 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
However, he has clearly struggled to adapt to the Premier League in his 10 appearances thus far, contributing no goals and just one assist, with a shocking 6.54 average rating from WhoScored which ranks him as the 11th-best performer at Molineux so far this season – far worse than you would expect from a record signing.
During his time with Sporting, Nunes earned a huge amount of praise from former teammate Goncalo Santos, who said:
“It’s unbelievable when he has the ball at his feet. Nobody can catch him; it’s impossible because he’s too fast.”
Sadly, this is yet to translate to the Premier League, as Nunes has completed on average one dribble per game in the Premier League, compared to the 2.5 dribbles he was averaging with Sporting Lisbon last season.
Nunes is also averaging fewer passes (29.5 vs 42.4) per game in the English top flight, which suggests that he is struggling to stamp his authority on the game as he was able to do so often in Portugal, which led Pep Guardiola to label Nunes as one of the best players in the world.
Unfortunately for Wolves supporters, Nunes is yet to live up to the hype and if Davis wants to turn the Old Gold’s fortunes around then he should start selecting his team on merit rather than on how much they cost the club, as the club-record signing needs to do a lot better if he wants to be starting week in week out.