Wolves have not been reluctant in terms of spending money on bringing new players to Molineux over the past few years with Fabio Silva, Nelson Semedo and Raul Jimenez to name a few.
One player, in particular, that the club signed for a fairly substantial fee that has gone on to more than prove his worth for the Old Gold is midfielder Ruben Neves.
Back in the 2017 summer transfer window, the Midlands club shelled out a fee of £15.8m to sign the Portuguese midfielder in what was a Championship record at the time.
Since then, the 25-year-old, who is currently picking up a weekly wage of £58k-per-week according to Salary Sport, has gone on to make 206 appearances for the Molineux outfit across all competitions, scoring 24 goals and providing 12 assists along the way, cementing himself as a crucial figure for the team.
In terms of his goalscoring history, Wolves journalist Tim Spiers once described a goal put away by the midfielder from 35 yards as “sensational,” showing the quality he has on the ball.
Back in February 2018, Transfermarkt rated Neves’ market value at £13.5m, but after a sublime few years, it now stands at a whopping £36m, showing a significant rise of 167% based on what he’s been able to deliver for the club on the pitch.
With four goals and two assists under his belt in 27 Premier League appearances this season, the former Porto star has shown what an all-around midfielder he is by racking up more shots on target (15) than any other Wolves player and more tackles and interceptions combined (110) than any other Old Gold midfielder or attacker.
Also, an overall WhoScored rating 6.99 makes him the joint-second highest rated player in Bruno Lage’s squad that has started more than two league games, highlighting just how impressive and prominent he has been for his side.
Taking all of this into account, it’s safe to say that Jeff Shi and the Midlands club struck gold when they made the decision to spend a Championship record fee to bring Neves to Molineux.
Moving forward, having been linked with a move away from the Premier League side last summer, the Old Gold will have to make sure they keep hold of him once again this time around, as many other sides will surely be interested in adding the midfield maestro to their squad based on what he’s done on the pitch this season.