Why Manchester City should renew interest in Ruben Neves
Manchester City have got down to business as usual and look just as strong as they’ve been in the last two seasons. They’re well set up to become the first team in the Premier League era since Manchester United to have a dynasty after this season.
Yet, there are always little areas that could be improved upon even for a side as good as Manchester City.
Fernandinho isn’t getting any younger and while they’ve signed a replacement in Rodri, the Spaniard has been quietly effective without really being tested so far.
Fernandino, on the other hand, is likely to play most games this season as a centre-back. Vincent Kompany is no longer at the club and with Aymeric Laporte suffering an injury, it’s important that there’s enough cover in that holding midfield area for City to continue being a force without any real weaknesses that the opposition can target.
One player who has long been linked with the club and would be Fernandinho’s ideal replacement is Wolves’ Ruben Neves.
The Portuguese international is still only 22 and has quickly become the poster boy of this fascinating Wolves side.
Neves is the typical holding midfield player, he has a great touch, anticipates danger very well, can pick a short or long pass to bypass the opposition press and has great positioning sense. Not only that, he’s a real leader on the pitch, ready to take initiative when his team is behind.
He also has a great long-range shot and can take free-kicks from the edge of the box, which is always a good trick to have in the locker. He’s also got so many years ahead of him in a position which requires a lot of maturity and Neves is lucky to be having it at such a tender age.
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He’s also shown that he’s clearly ready for the physicality that the Premier League poses and also has Champions League experience with Porto.
Manchester City should definitely renew their interest in the Portuguese international as he’s just waiting to be picked up as it’s unlikely that a person with his talents will stay in Wolves for any longer.