Ruben Neves had another standout performance for Wolverhampton Wanderers against Burnley on Sunday, and the Portuguese midfielder has caught the eye of many that have watched him in action so far this season.
Not too many may have heard of the 21-year-old before he made headlines for that emphatic volley he scored for Wolves against Derby County in the Championship last season. Back then, Wolves were merely fighting for a possible promotion spot, but after a very successful season under manager Nuno Espirito Santo they ended up winning the Championship and are now busy rolling over some big names in the Premier League.
And, the young Neves has been very much at the heart of the fairy-tale that has been taking place at the Molineux Stadium. Neves scored his side’s first goal of the season with a stunning free-kick against Everton on the opening weekend of the Premier League.
He will be a key part of team’s quest to remain in the Premier League after this season and after a strong start, not many would be too surprised if they do. Two wins, two draws and one defeat see Wolves sit in ninth position with their most notable performance coming against the defending champions Manchester City, who they held to a 1-1 draw at home in the third round. That was backed up by consecutive victories over West Ham United and Burnley.
With both Manchester clubs already having shown interest in him, according to The Mirror, the race for Neves could develop into a rather big one as the season progress, but one club that would be a good fit for him is Chelsea. With Mateo Kovacic possibly going back to Real Madrid after his loan spell at the Blues, a midfield addition would be of high importance to manager Maurizio Sarri come next summer.
With Jorginho and N’Golo Kante also in the team, Neves would be the ideal attacking option that could link up with the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro. That would result in Kante reverting back to just a defensive role. The Frenchman has been pushing up high on the pitch this season due to Jorginho and Kovacic sitting back.