The Wolverhampton Wanderers fans in the Transfer Tavern are looking forward to their return to the Premier League next season, but they are growing increasingly concerned by rumours linking Ruben Neves with a move away from the club.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side stormed to Championship victory last season in an emphatic manner which suggests they should be able to hold their own in the top-flight next season, unless their top players decide to leave the club of course. It would be a cruel blow for the Wanderers supporters to take if their player of the season Ruben Neves was to depart, but recent reports from O’Jogo (via Express and Star) suggest he is a target for both Manchester United and Liverpool.
The good news for Wolves fans is that their 21-year-old star has publicly declared that he wants to remain at Molineux next season as leaving would represent “a very big risk” at this stage in his career.
Adapting to the immensely high standard of the Premier League is a difficult process for any promoted side to undertake, but losing a player of Neves’ calibre would make the task of achieving survival an incredibly daunting prospect.
In Neves (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt), Wolves possess a talent who could certainly make the difference between relegation and survival next season, as his tremendous range of passing and ability to find the back of the net from distance are qualities which elude even some of the most established Premier League midfielders.
All 6 of Neves’ goals for Wolves last season came from outside the box, and his talent for finding the back of the net from distance will certainly be a weapon to exploit during cagey affairs in the top-flight.
With interest rising from elsewhere, it’s important that Wolves prove their ambition to Neves this summer by securing a handful of fresh acquisitions who can ease the burden of responsibility which currently rests on his shoulders.
It seems that Neves will be playing in Wolves colours when they kick-off their campaign in August based on his recent comments, and Santo must ensure that he maintains his stance throughout the summer window as their survival bid will be left in tatters without him.
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