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Wolves boss Nuno Santo wrong to omit Pedro Neto from the starting XI

Wolverhampton Wanderers earned themselves a draw at the weekend, but it meant that Nuno Santo’s side have now won just one of their last six matches in the Premier League.

The west Midlanders drew 0-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford as both teams struggled to break the deadlock despite combining for 30 shots all game.

Who should start at left-wing?

Pedro Neto

Pedro Neto

Diogo Jota

Diogo Jota

Nuno made two changes to his side, one plausible one that helped them pick up their first clean sheet in nine matches, and one questionable one.

On the Chalkboard

In came Willy Boly for Leander Dendoncker for the first time since October while Pedro Neto was quite harshly dropped to the bench for Diogo Jota.

And the involvement of the 23-year-old was hardly justified as he struggled to make any sort of impact in the game.

Per SofaScore, he won just half of his ground duels, lost possession 15 times and failed to find the net despite two shots at goal.

Jota had been absent in recent months through injury too, but his 19-year-old counterpart had deputised to an impressive standard during his spell on the sidelines.

Neto has scored twice in his last six appearances, but that total would be double had his goals against Liverpool in the Premier League and United in the FA Cup counted as they were both ruled out through VAR.

In two starts against the league leaders, the summer signing racked up eight successful dribbles and even a key pass, which is quite outstanding considering it is his debut season in a different country, and he’s playing the champions of Europe too.

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Therefore, Nuno dropping him in favour of one of his regular favourites is brutal as he didn’t deserve to lose his place whatsoever, and Jota’s performance shows why he’s still some way off regaining the form of last season – ten goals and seven assists in all competitions.

And in other news, Nuno has given an injury update on this Wolves star…

Article title: Wolves boss Nuno Santo wrong to omit Pedro Neto from the starting XI

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