Bruno Lage is impressed by the way a number of Wolverhampton Wanderers youngsters have acquitted themselves in pre-season with Taylor Perry and Luke Cundle catching the eye, as reported by the club’s official website.
During their first three seasons back in the Premier League, Nuno Espirito Santo bestowed debuts to 14 different players under the age of 22.
And you can expect Lage to maintain that trend at Molineux.
Nuno’s replacement led a thrilling, free-flowing Benfica side to the Portuguese title in his most recent managerial role, after all, with his willingness to give youth a chance in the heat of a title race earning him plenty of admirers in Lisbon and beyond.
The likes of Perry and Cundle have done their chances of a first-team role next season no harm at all, either, catching the eye during the first few weeks of Lage’s tenure.
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“From what I’ve seen in the matches and what we’ve been told by the coaching staff, they’ve really acquitted themselves well,” U23 coach James Collins said after the friendly clashes with Crewe Alexandra, Real Betis and Las Palmas.
“They’ve certainly held their own in the games I’ve seen and I know (Lage) has been pleased with the contribution they’ve made, so that’s pleasing for us.
“Luke Cundle’s done very well, I thought TP (Taylor Perry) did well in the early games and Christian (Marques) and Hugo (Bueno) have both impressed.
“There’s been real good signs that they’re ready for that step-up – whether that’s a step-up to our own first-team or whether that’s a step-up to an EFL team on loan, that’s something the manager will decide.”