Writing in his Daily Mail column, Jamie Redknapp has sung the praises of Wolves star Ruben Neves. However, there could be concerns for fans of the club with the former footballer suggesting they’ll struggle to keep him.
The Midlands club have had a fabulous season and they’ve been quite brilliant since Nuno Santo was appointed manager. A large part of that has been down to Neves who has been magnificent after arriving in the summer of 2017.
The former Porto captain is a fan favourite at Molineux, and despite not hitting the heights of his debut term in England, has still been impressive.
His fine opening day strike against Everton laid the platform as he’d go onto score five goals in all competitions.
The Portuguese midfielder has earned rave reviews throughout the season and the latest one has come from Redknapp. Writing in his Daily Mail column, he said:
“Ruben Neves is one of the most exciting midfielders in the Premier League. He reminds me of Xabi Alonso and Wolves face a challenge to keep hold of him.”
Out of everyone in the Wolves squad, Neves is the player who would probably command the largest fee should he leave. Rated at £36m, per Transfermarkt, they could get a significant windfall.
Earlier in the year, Pep Guardiola downplayed interest from Manchester City in the player, claiming he’d cost too much. And if Wolves’ asking price is high, then there is a greater possibility that the 22-year-old will remain at the club.
But Redknapp is right to suggest that they’ll face a challenge. They did so last summer and after a term in the Premier League, his stock has risen even more.
Despite not being in the goals on too regular a basis, his protection of the ball and ability to dictate certainly gives weight to comments about him being one of the best in his position in the league.
If Wolves can swat away potential suitors, it’ll be a huge statement of intent for 2019/20.