Wolves earned their first-ever Premier League home win over neighbours Aston Villa at Molineux on Sunday.
A first-half wonder strike from Ruben Neves put Nuno’s side in the lead, before a late strike from Raul Jimenez wrapped up the three points.
It’s not the first time Neves has struck from distance, the Portuguese has been notorious for long-range efforts since arriving at Wolves from Porto in 2017.
Football journalist Duncan Alexander revealed an amazing stat about the midfielder that really defines the way he plays.
Neves has more goals in the Premier League than he has touches in the opposition box.
Ruben Neves PL career UPDATE
Touches in opposition penalty area: 4
— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) November 10, 2019
Remarkably, two of the four touches Neves has taken inside the opposition box have been penalties, which he has converted.
Indeed, he has been a fantastic signing for Wolves as they cement their place as a Premier League side, helping them into the Europa League in their first season since promotion, forming a solid midfielder partnership with compatriot Joao Moutinho.
So far this season, he’s attempted the joint-most through balls of anyone in the squad (0.1 via WhoScored), as well as helping lead the attack from midfield by averaging the third-highest (though the most of any midfielder) number of shots per game (1.4), so is clearly making an impact in the engine room.
Noted for his ability to shoot from range after stunning strikes against Derby County and Liverpool during his time with the Old Gold, Alexander’s stat only proves how lethal he is from range, while being a disciplined central midfielder.
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