When Diogo Jota departed Wolves in the summer for Liverpool, questions were asked about who was going to step up for the Old Gold.
On paper, the mantle was there to be taken by Adama Traore. The frightening winger has the potential to cause any defence in world football troubles with his pace and dribbling skills but he hasn’t scored a single goal in the league in 2020.
Thus, the pedestal has been taken on by another Portuguese. The young man in question is the effervescent Pedro Neto.
The Wolves winger has come alive this season and looks better than ever, proving to be a constant nuisance to Premier League backlines. He’s already scored four goals and provided three assists this season but even though he didn’t score against Tottenham on Sunday, this was perhaps one of his best outings yet.
Neto was a constant thorn in Spurs’ defence and ran his former teammate Matt Doherty and Davinson Sanchez ragged.
Everything good that happened for Wolves came through the 20-year-old as he performed three successful dribbles and three accurate crosses. It was a near-perfect performance from the winger, someone who also registered three key passes for his side, including one assist.
What was most impressive, however, was that he didn’t shy away from tackles and physical battles. The Portugal international was busy and used his surprising amount of strength to good effect. Neto won four out of his nine ground duels which certainly isn’t bad for a young attacker.
In 2020/21, the wide man is coming off age and looks a real talent. As Tim Spiers says, Neto has made “incredible progress” in the past 12 months.
Although that’s good for the player, it won’t be unsurprising if they face a challenge to keep hold of him next summer.
In every sense of the phrase, Neto could be Jota 2.0 at Wolves. He is a phenomenal youngster already making tremendous strides at the highest level.