Former Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Matt Murray has exclusively shared his thoughts on Wolves attacking pair Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto and their future in Nuno Espirito Santo’s team.
Speaking to Football FanCast, Murray had this to say on the duo and how they will need to step up now that the club have sold Diogo Jota to Liverpool.
He said: “I’d never heard of him [Neto], I’ll be honest I’d never heard of him and then he came in and he was absolutely brilliant. He did really well last season, I think he is a fantastic player, he deserves his chance and I think he’ll be worth a lot more than what we paid for him.
“[With] Podence, lockdown I think actually was good for him because it gave him time to do the work, do whatever it took to get up to the way Wolves play, get up to speed and I think after lockdown he was absolutely outstanding. He’s small, he’s dynamic, wins penalties, unlocks defences and he fits the system.
“The way Wolves are playing now, sometimes a little bit more technical, both of these players really fit the system but still [they have] big boots to fill in Jota.”
Neto joined the Midlands club back in the 2019 summer transfer window from Italian club Lazio for a fee of £16.11 million. In the 2019/20 season, Neto made a total of 44 appearances for Wolves across all competitions in which he scored five goals and provided five assists.
Wolves then signed Podence in the previous January transfer window from Greek side Olympiacos for a fee of £17.64 million. Since then, the 24-year-old has made 16 appearances for the club in which he has scored one goal and provided five assists.
It appears that Murray has enough confidence and belief in both of these players that they can crack on and become important players for Wolves now that Jota has left the club,