Signed for £15.8 million which by today’s standards, is an incredibly low fee, Ruben Neves could go down as one of the shrewdest pieces of business in Wolves’ history.
A star of the famed Porto academy, Ruben Neves made his debut for the club at just 17 and quickly established himself as one of the best talents in Europe and was linked with moves to Chelsea and Liverpool before he made the move to the Midlands. It just his second season with Porto, Neves was made the captain of the team and became the youngest player to start as captain in the Champions League. He broke another record by becoming the youngest player to reach 50 games for the club.
Although the young midfielder was an integral part of the team during his first two seasons, he struggled to make the starting XI in his last season and only managed 13 appearances in the league. Despite, struggling to make the team, the midfielder was still highly rated in Europe and with Wolves signing his former manager Nuno Espírito Santo, Neves joined the club and made an instant impact.
During his time at Porto, Neves played most of his games at the base of a 4-3-3 but when he joined Wolves he played in tandem with Romain Saiss and established himself as one of the best midfielders in the Championship. While most players take time to adapt to England, especially in a tough league like the Championship, Neves was pretty much a constant in the side as one of the key reasons to the club’s promotion to the Premier League.
Making the jump from the Championship to the Premier League is incredibly tough but Wolves and Neves, in particular, have made a brilliant start to the season. The club have only lost one game this season, and impressively held Manchester City to a draw and just like last year, Neves has been a key part of the team’s performances.
Great with the ball at his feet and capable of scoring the odd goal, it’s going to be tough for Wolves to keep the midfielder next summer. Rated at just £22.5 million, the 21-year-old is likely going to command multiple large bids come the end of the season and some that Wolves might not be able to resist.
While he may depart the club in the near future, there’s no doubt that Neves has to be one of the best pieces of business the club has made in recent years.
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