Safe to say, Wolves’ shock £15.8million swoop for Ruben Neves earlier this summer certainly raised some eyebrows.
Whilst nobody doubted the 20-year-old’s quality and further potential, the notion of the youngest captain in Champions League history signing for a club that finished 15th in the Championship last season seemed fanciful if not inevitably doomed to fail, especially amid the backdrop of questions over Jorge Mendes’ influence on the club.
But the two-cap Portugal international’s Wolves career thus far has produced a perfect record of three wins from three second-tier outings and last night witnessed his best performance yet at the heart of midfield, setting the tone for a 3-2 victory over promotion hopefuls Hull City with a rasping effort from long-range after just eight minutes.
Neves’ influence on the match didn’t stop there, however. By the final whistle, he’d produced the most tackles and the most interceptions of any Wolves player, whilst his 86 passes were only trumped by midfield partner Romain Saiss.
Neves has made a flying start to his Wolves career, just as the Molineux outfit have made a flying start to the new season. At this rate, it wouldn’t be surprising to see both in the Premier League next season.