Wolves teenager Pedro Neto has expressed his desire to be “one of the best” players at the club, having only arrived at the club earlier this month.
In an interview with Wolves Bite, the 19-year-old said: “I want to show my value and demonstrate that I can be one of the best here.”
He added: “I want to be the best that I can and to help the team conquer their objectives. What they did last season was very good because they achieved a place in the Europa League and it’s a job very well done.” [via Wolves Bite]
Neto joined Wolves from Lazio this August along with Bruno Jordao in a double deal worth around €20m (£18.1m), according to Calciomercato.
The 19-year-old had yet to start a competitive game at senior level before moving to Molineux, having made just three substitute appearances totalling 54 minutes at Braga and five appearances off the bench at Lazio with a combined 85 minutes.
He was given his first start by Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo in the second leg of their Europa League qualifying tie against FC Pyunik, scoring against the Armenian side on the same night. [via Wolves.co.uk]
Neto has so far appeared in four games for his new club, three times off the bench, and with 120 minutes of action, he has already exceeded his tallies at both of his previous clubs. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
Writing after his goal against FC Pyunik, Ben Husband of Birmingham Live said that Wolves had “unearthed a gem in Neto“, adding that “his work rate and willingness to have a shot will endear him to supporters on the terraces very quickly” and that he paired effectively with Patrick Cutrone up top that night.
The next challenge for the teenager will be trying to break into Wolves’ starting line-up more regularly, something that could be tough with Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota ahead of him.
Neto has expressed commendable ambition by saying that he wants to be one of Wolves’ key players, but first he must focus on getting into the team more regularly ahead of either Jimenez or Jota, who have both been prolific in recent months.
At least the 19-year-old is being given a fairer chance at Wolves than he was at his previous clubs, and having scored already at Molineux, the potential millstone of waiting for a first goal has been removed. The same can’t yet be said for Cutrone, who is scoreless in five appearances totalling 127 minutes.
For now, Neto simply needs to make the best of the opportunities he is given by Nuno before being talked of as one of the club’s top players.
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