Former Wolves hitman John Richards has heaped praise on Nuno Espirito Santo for his handling of Pedro Neto and the progression he has made.
Richards acknowledges Neto
The 20-year-old has been at Molineux since 2019 after joining from Braga and recently put pen to paper on a new five-year contract, admitting that he loves being in England and feels like he is in a family environment (cited by Sky Sports).
From 52 appearances, Neto has scored six times and provided seven assists, accumulating a total of 2,272 minutes of game time in the famous gold shirt (TransferMarkt).
Speaking to Express and Star, Richards, who scored 190 goals himself for Wolves, heaped praise on the club and Nuno for welcoming Neto into his system.
“It was just a case of when he started to blossom, and now he has,” he said.
“It’s testament to their recruitment policy, how they see these players, bring them in and gradually get them used to Nuno’s style.
“Suddenly, it’s almost like they’ve always played in that position and style.
“Neto has always been talented, and his rise gives you optimism for the other young players who have come in recently.
“He has taken his opportunities and it’s all very promising.”
Transfer Tavern take
Neto is proving to be a hugely important asset to Nuno’s squad and the tactician deserves credit for nurturing him into the player that he has become.
The Portuguese winger has received plenty of credit during his short stay, including from The Athletic journalist Tim Spiers, who believes that Neto is “the next Diogo Jota“.
That is high praise indeed, and Richards’ comments echo the acknowledgement of Neto’s impact at Wolves. The next task is ensuring that Neto remains consistent through the current campaign.
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