Why Ruben Neves will be a key figure for Wolves this season
Ruben Neves scored a fantastic free-kick and delivered a sumptuous cross to assist a goal for Wolverhampton Wanderers in their 2-2 draw at home to Everton on the opening gameweek of the new Premier League season. The Portuguese had played a vital role last season in the Championship, and helped Wolves get promoted to the Premier League.
He is a midfielder of abundant quality and as per the first impression, the 21-year-old did not disappoint anyone and enhanced his already well-reputed prominence. For that reason, it is understandable to think that Neves will be a key cog in Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves’ wheel, which will make them an attractive prospect in top-flight football.
Here’s the rationale why the Portuguese international will take his game to another level this season:
Style of play matches the players around him
Perusing last season’s stats in Championship football, Neves, after joining Wolves for £15m, scored 6 goals in 40 appearances and created 33 chances for the team. Given the fact that he plays as a central midfielder who covers defensive space as well, these are very good numbers. The icing on the cake is his long-range shooting, which usually test goalkeepers to their limit.
Wolves have done some terrific business this summer, buying players like Joao Moutinho, Raul Jimenez, etc. and they already possess the quality of Diogo Jota. These assets will only aid Ruben Neves to play to his full potential and deliver the goods at a regular rate.
The 21-year-old is still very young, so the kind of supposition he attracts is a tribute to his talent and work-ethic. A team like Wolves – who have such a rich history in top-level football, expecting big things from a player of such a tender age when many still take time to settle in the game, is fascinating and incredible, to say the least.
And with the evidence we have seen so far of his performances, Neves seems ready to fulfill those expectations and build upon his high reputation in European football.
With the kind of squad Wolves have and the way Nuno plays his football, Wolves will most certainly be an adhesive prospect to watch. A player like Neves will thrive in this scenario and look to catch the eye of some of the big teams in the world.
Hence, surmising that the Portuguese will be key to what Wolves do this season isn’t an exaggeration.