The Old Gold dropped into the relegation zone after a 2-0 loss against the Hammers, with the Old once again failing to find the back of the net.
Sasa Kalajdzic, Raul Jimenez and Hwang Hee-Chan are all currently sidelined through injury for the Midlands side and they look set to be joined by Neto for the foreseeable future, which is limiting Wolves’ already sparse attacking options.
The now sacked Bruno Lage suggested that it looked to be a “bad injury” and with games set to come thick and fast before the World Cup, it is undoubtedly a blow for Wolves to lose one of their star attackers.
Indeed, whoever is welcomed to Molineux as Lage’s successor will be severely hamstrung and will have to deal with a tricky set of circumstances with a number of the club’s best players on the treatment table.
There were high hopes for Neto this season after the former Lazio man missed much of the 2021/22 campaign through injury but, like many others in this Wolves squad, he has endured a difficult start to the season.
In eight Premier League appearances, the 22-year-old has failed to score a single goal or assist, averaging a shocking 6.58 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
The 2020/21 campaign saw Neto contribute five goals and six assists in the top flight, averaging a superb 7.11 rating from WhoScored for his performances, which only makes his less than impressive start to this season even more disappointing.
After scoring a winner against Southampton that season, Alan Shearer labelled the winger a “huge talent“, while Arsenal were said to be interested in signing him during the summer, with a fee of £50m touted.
In retrospect, Wolves might have taken that sort of money considering his form this term but even on poor form, the Portuguese attacker is one of the most exciting players in Wolves’ side and he will be sorely missed as the Old Gold look to turn their form around in the coming weeks under a new head coach.
Considering the lack of goals and creativity in their side, losing another winger to injury will have a lot of Wolves fans fearing a potential relegation, as it is difficult to see how they rectify their goalscoring issues given the lack of attacking options.