Lage can finally take the blame off the ‘trash’ wolves by releasing the ‘next Phil Foden’

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Wolverhampton Wanderers Under-23 manager Jamie Collins has again praised Old Gold academy star Luke Cundle.

The 20-year-old found the net twice as the club’s Under-23s sealed a Premier League Cup win over Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.

Speaking to Wolves TV, Collins applauded Cundle after his winning performance, saying: “I thought he was great tonight, he has his goals but he was also missing some so I thought he could have even more goals and I will challenge him to do so.

The Under-23 boss hailed the starlet’s attitude for wanting to play for the reserves despite being called up to the first team, revealing: “He texts me asking if he can play and you only get not so often with players going all the way to the first team.

“They’re not desperate to play for the Under-23s, but he just wants to play football. We could get a ball out now and have a five-a-side game in the parking lot and he’d want a game, and when you’re coaching, you like players who are like that because they like the game.”

Replacement of Moutinho

With Portuguese veteran Joao Moutinho – who has been criticized for some “waste” performances from Tim Spiers – linked with a departure from Les Molineux, Bruno Lage could well be looking for a suitable replacement in the middle of the park.

Despite making most of his Premier League 2 appearances as a defensive midfielder for Wolves, Cundle has been compared to Manchester City and England star Phil Foden.

The 20-year-old’s versatility is just one of the reasons he has earned this comparison, with Wolves’ youth product able to function as a central midfielder and even a false nine, having filled the role in a reserve game against Newcastle United. .

Speaking after that game in mid-April, Collins said: “We took a little risk with the change of form and the ‘false nine’ without a centre-forward. We played Luke [Cundle] up there, ‘Phil Foden-esque’, and I thought he played really well.

Lage knows all about young Molineux, having praised his first-team performance against Spurs in mid-February, saying: “Maybe Luke [Cundle] can be a key man because it allows us to play with four midfielders. He was there against the best players playing like he was in the playground.

Having netted eight times for Wolves Under-23s this season, Cundle poses more of an attacking threat than Moutinho, who has averaged a disappointing 0.6 shots per game, with two goals and an assist to his name this season .

Promoting the 20-year-old starlet more regularly to the first team would duly allow Lage to let the veteran midfielder pull the curtain on his time in the Black Country, especially with his contract expiring over the summer.

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