The Old Gold have looked like a side transformed under their new Spanish manager, earning creditable draws against Liverpool and Aston Villa in their last two fixtures, having picked up an incredibly important 2-1 win over Everton in Lopetegui’s first game in charge.
At the weekend, due to an error with the technology supplied to VAR, the Old Gold were unlucky not to beat Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield, despite playing a weakened team and the Midlands side should take a lot of positives from that display ahead of their game at the City Ground on Wednesday.
One man who impressed from the bench against the Reds was Cunha, as he provided the assist for Hwang Hee-chan’s equaliser after some excellent interplay between the two substitutes.
The Brazilian joined Wolves on a loan-to-buy deal from Atletico Madrid ahead of the January transfer window but has been limited to just two appearances from the bench in his spell with the Old Gold thus far.
Therefore, in a relatively low-pressure cup game, Lopetegui should hand the former RB Leipzig man his first start in Wolves colours, in the hope that his quality in attack can be the difference against Steve Cooper’s side this evening.
Cunha has shown with his performances with Hertha Berlin in the past that he can be a dangerous finisher and creator, notching 13 goals and ten assists in just 40 appearances with the Bundesliga side.
Former Hertha head coach Bruno Labbadia said: “Matheus has something special. He can always produce something with a moment of individual brilliance.”
The £22m-rated forward also has experience playing in the Champions League with both Leipzig and Atletico Madrid and at just 23, there seems no reason why he can’t get back to his best with regular football at Molineux.
In a game against another side low on confidence and defensively shaky, with their 4-1 defeat to Blackpool in the FA Cup a far cry from Wolves’ impressive result against Liverpool, Lopetegui should unleash his most dangerous attackers against Forest this evening.
With Raul Jimenez and Diego Costa both failing to find the net in the Premier League this term, it is surely time that Cunha was handed the first start of his Wolves career, as his magic ability could allow him to run the show at the City Ground.