Wolverhampton Wanderers head into Wednesday evening’s Premier League fixture in something of a slump of form, having won one of their last five league outings – scoring just one goal in this period.
Indeed, goalscoring has been something of a problem for the 45-year-old’s team so far this season, with only bottom of the league Norwich City having found the back of the net fewer times than Wolves’ 14 goals scored.
As such, with what is sure to be a challenging fixture away to Brighton & Hove Albion up next, it would be wise for Lage to finally unleash one of the club’s most promising up and coming talents at the American Express Community Stadium – in the shape of 19-year-old midfielder Luke Cundle.
Considering the fact that, over Ruben Neves’, Joao Moutinho’s and Leander Dendoncker’s 33 collective Premier League appearances this season, the trio have scored just one goal and registered one assist, it is evident that Wolves are lacking a truly creative outlet in the middle of the park – something which is undoubtedly a huge factor in the club’s woes in front of goal.
And, with Cundle highly impressing for James Collins’ U23 side, the young central midfielder could well be exactly what Bruno Lage’s first team side is missing at present.
Furthermore, Collins is clearly of the belief that the teenager has the ability to make a real difference in the middle of the park for Wolves’ first team, stating after the midfielder’s goal in a 2-1 win over Birmingham City U23s last month: “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.
“But once you’ve worked with him for a bit you can see how much of a good player he is. I’m delighted for him to get his goal because his performance deserved that. I thought everyone did well, but he was a real stand-out.”
As such, it would indeed appear highly advisable for Lage to unleash the player who he himself dubbed “amazing” – as well as suggesting that “he understands everything” – against Brighton this evening, as the youngster could well prove to be the solution to Wolves’ issues in front of goal.