Luke Cundle’s sensational goal for Wolves U23’s against Southampton U23’s on Friday was another demonstration of his ability, and a timely reminder to first-team manager Bruno Lage, who is going to have to prepare without Ruben Neves, who is set for a spell on the sidelines until at least May.
After combining with 20-year-old Taylor Perry in the closing moments of the game, then dribbling past two defenders and the goalkeeper before slotting the ball into an empty net, the 19-year-old has been called upon by fans to start for the club once again after the international break.
The upcoming fixtures could be the midfielder’s big chance to build on his already impressive showings for the club at senior level, including a solid performance in the club’s 2-0 away win against Tottenham back in February – which earned him a 7.1 match rating according to SofaScore.
After the game, Lage praised him while talking to Sky Sports, saying: “It was the way we play here and with the kid from the academy.
“He is just 19 and I am very happy with him. The most important thing is the confidence he gives to us. He was there against top players playing like he is in the playground.”
Indeed, similar sentiments were offered by James Collins last year who said that he was “intelligent.”
Since then, he has been left on the bench in all of the matchday squads he has appeared in – as he continues to impress with the U23s, making great progress and strides in his development as a player.
Making four goal contributions in just 12 Premier League 2 games so far this season, the teenager has been tipped to save the club millions by stepping up and replacing midfielder Joao Moutinho, should the experienced 143-time Portugal international fail to extend his stay at Molineux – with his current deal expiring at the end of the season.
However, with Belgian midfielder Leander Dendoncker expected to take Neves’ role in the team until he returns, we could yet get to see Moutinho and Cundle line up in the same team and potentially form an exciting midfield trio that will get Molineux on their feet.
Indeed, with the former Porto star also touted to leave in the summer, this feels like the perfect audition for a more prominent role in 2022/23.