During the back end of last season, influential winger Pedro Neto fractured his Patella during the club’s 1-0 win against Fulham, and Wolves legend Steve Bull fears the winger may not get back to his best form for another two years, comparing him to teammate Jonny Castro who suffered a big setback after his own serious injury.
It would be a massive blow for new manager Bruno Lage as Neto finished last season with the most goals and assists for Wolves as they limped to a poor 13th place finish in the Premier League, compared to previous successive top-half finishes.
Neto was often the most consistent winger for Wolves with both Adama Traore and Daniel Podence failing to perform on a regular basis despite showing their talents in flashes, which saw Neto linked with a big-money move to Manchester United because of his consistent performances.
It was widely expected that Neto would spend a long amount of time out of the Wolves side, but Bull believes that the winger may not be able to get back to his performances pre-injury for another two years, something he spoke exclusively to Football FanCast about:
“First and foremost, we’ve got to get Pedro Neto back and fully fit because it’s going to take longer than what you’d think with that sort of injury. Jonny had his and came back too quick and he’s been out for more or less two years. Pedro’s not long had his operation.”
Neto was able to receive the ball and effortlessly glide past defenders which he did 60.7% of the time as he dribbled past 79 players, the second most for Wolves, only behind Traore whose game is all about getting to the byline and past players.
Lage will know it’s a problem he must overcome in pre-season to figure out how to play without Neto and if he is not going to be on top of his game for two years, then he could think to bring in a new winger if there is no guarantee that Neto will come back the same player.