Wolves claimed their first win of the Europa League group stage against Besiktas last night and despite contributing to a last-gasp winner, not everyone is pleased with the contribution of Ruben Neves.
The Portuguese international showed composure to guide a cross into the feet of Willy Boly in added time, with the defender slotting beyond Loris Karius to give Wanderers a famous win.
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Neves has had mixed fortunes this season, summed up by his WhoScored average Premier League rating of 6.51, and has failed to reproduce the quality he showed when he scored a spectacular long-range effort against Manchester United.
Perhaps most surprising is the decline in his pass accuracy, from 81% last season to 73% in the league this campaign, and with a success rate of 77% last night it is clear to see why some have been quick to criticise his display.
However, the 22-year-old ultimately found the quality needed to win the game, which many Wolves fans appreciate and have acknowledged, as seen in the following reactions.
Oh and what a ball in to the box from Ruben Neves for the goal ??#wwfc
— Matt Whitten (@salopwolf) October 3, 2019
Form is temporary, class is permanent
— Ian Powell (@Wolves_Ian) October 3, 2019
Neves’s little ball into Boly superb. Hope that helps his confidence #wwfc
— Jay Sahadew (@jayster990) October 3, 2019
What a ball from Neves!!!! ?#wwfc
— AndyLane (@laney8130) October 3, 2019
Neves needs a worldy to mask another awful performance. #wwfc
— Whitty (@witdawit) October 3, 2019
Why does Neves look so reluctant to play a forward pass when he’s the best and most creative passer of the ball@in the team? #wwfc
— Joe (@josepheverton) October 3, 2019
Neves needs to stop producing children and start producing in the pitch. #wwfc ?
— Jonathan Nuno Santo ? ⚽️ (@Johnybig32) October 3, 2019