Gary Lineker has spoken about Wolves star Matheus Cunha and lauded the progress he has made since his time with Atletico Madrid.
Cunha made headlines this weekend by scoring a hat-trick in Wolves’ 4-2 victory over Chelsea.
The Brazilian scored his first treble for Wolves and, together with Pedro Neto, helped shred Chelsea apart at Stamford Bridge.
Cunha had a bit of luck with his first goal, but he then stroked in his second from Pedro Neto’s pass, before completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot.
Cunha has scored 11 goals in all competitions this season, including nine in the Premier League. Lineker, who previously watched him at Atletico, is pleased to see him prosper.
Gary Lineker was impressed with Matheus Cunha’s development after watching him in Spain.
On the most recent Rest Is Football podcast, Lineker mentioned Wolves and talked a little about the club’s current star, Cunha.
He has been one of Wolves’ standout players this season, with Gary O’Neil transforming him into a consistent goal scorer.
Cunha scored only two goals last season after signing from Atletico Madrid, and there were severe concerns about his overall performance under Julen Lopetegui.
According to Lineker, this was also a concern for him in Spain, where he praised the Wolves player’s recent progress.
He commented, “It’s funny, I’ve always liked Cunha. I watched him a lot at Atletico Madrid. He lacked one element in his game: he was swift, dangerous, and inventive, but he didn’t score enough goals.
“All of a sudden he seems to be finding the net and a hat-trick to boot (against Chelsea).”
Cunha has gone a long way.
It’s interesting to hear this from Lineker, who follows Spanish football after playing for Barcelona.
Cunha, who earns £60,000 a week, was clearly not a consistent goalscorer before joining Wolves, so he and Gary O’Neil deserve a lot of credit for the work they’ve done to get him to score more.
Many people questioned Cunha following his first half-season at the club, as the star missed numerous opportunities.
But he’s being used much more efficiently now, and his eye is in