The Express & Star journalist Nathan Judah has labelled Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes’ performances as “concerning”.
Judah was speaking on the E&S Wolves podcast following the side’s latest Premier League clash last weekend.
Wolves signed Nunes from Sporting for a reported club-record fee of £38m this summer, but the 24-year-old has struggled to live up to the billing of being the club’s most expensive player as of yet, as shown by his average Premier League match rating of 6.79 (as per SofaScore).
And Judah has expressed his concern at Nunes’ level of performances – including last weekend at Brentford, where he had to be substituted in the first half due to a shoulder injury.
He said: “The one display that worried me – and he went off injured in the end, but to be honest, it could have quite easily been subbed off, it was between him and [Boubacar] Traoré at one point – was Nunes, even before the shoulder injury, for me.
“Again, we keep on looking to him as this record signing, as someone who’s really going to have this game, he’s going to have a standout game, he’s going to have a game that’s going to make him, going forward, knowing exactly what position he’s going to be, a standout performance.
“And it’s just not there, and I thought he was as bad as ever, probably the worst I’ve seen him, actually – this is before the injury against Brentford.
“It just looked like the game was passing by, he was walking, he was slow, he was sloppy in possession and this is not the guy that Wolves have stumped up £40m-plus to buy.”
TIF Thoughts on Judah’s comments…
We believe that as a box-to-box midfielder, Nunes needs to be providing more than just the one solitary assist in 11 Premier League appearances he has managed so far.
The club’s previous record transfer in the £35.6m purchase of Fábio Silva also hasn’t exactly come to fruition as of yet, with the young striker currently enjoying a loan spell at Anderlecht in Belgium after a lacklustre beginning to his Wolves career.
Therefore, we agree with Judah and are concerned about whether Wolves will get their value out of Nunes, with their previous record signing not showing a promising trend in that regard.