After the Premier League’s opening nine matches, Wolves currently occupy 13th but have only lost two games, which is the same number as four of the top five in the league, including reigning champions Manchester City.
Nuno Santo’s men actually dealt one of those defeats right before the international break as Adama Traore netted a brace at the Etihad Stadium.
Ruben Neves made his first start in three matches during that game, playing the full 90 minutes, but last time out against Southampton, he could only manage the first-half after picking up an injury – which has been the story of his season so far.
The 22-year-old has struggled to continue on from the form that saw him contribute to Portugal’s UEFA Nations League triumph in the summer.
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Several of the Molineux faithful have taken to social media to assess his performances so far.
One supporter brandished him as one of the worst in the Wolves squad while ‘woeful,’ ‘anonymous’ and ‘completely useless’ were three other phrases used to describe him.
Another fan believes the Premier League may be a step too far for Neves after the player dominated the Championship in his debut season as the west Midlanders clinched the title in 2018.
The 6-foot midfielder scored six in that season, but could only manage four last term with his figure for this season being just the one from nine appearances, per WhoScored.
Here’s the best of the reaction:
One of the worst performers we have. No idea why he plays centre back these days.
— Mathew Ward (@Matman050988) October 21, 2019
This season and last….pretty woeful for what we and the world expect.
— Jim Bodley (@thaijimbo69) October 21, 2019
Disappointing, we know he’s much better than this
— mickey-wilson (@mickeywils) October 21, 2019
Lost. Completely useless playing that deep when we already have Coady playing sweeper ?
— AM (@aj_mcguinness) October 21, 2019
Anonymous, camped on the edge of our own penalty box for most of the game.
— Jez Massey (@jezmassey) October 21, 2019
— Michelle (@Michellehall07) October 21, 2019
Games just seem too pass him by just lately
— Mrw1975 (@Mrw19752) October 22, 2019
— His Infernal Majesty (@AdamBeech) October 21, 2019
Neves was one of the best player in a wolves shirt ever but I don’t know why he has gone downhill.I am thinking perhaps the premier is a step too far for him.
— John Lovatt (@JohnLovatt7) October 21, 2019
Poor to be honest too negative and is a little sloppy in possession
— Richard Atkiss (@AtkissRichard) October 21, 2019