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Wolves played a blinder with Ruben Neves

Wolves perhaps always knew they were onto a good thing when they signed Ruben Neves from Porto in a record transfer for the Championship in 2017.

The midfielder joined the Old Gold in a deal worth £15.8m and has been a mainstay at Molineux ever since, making 219 appearances in all competitions, in which he has contributed 25 goals and 12 assists.

After helping Wolves to promotion in his first season with the club, he has established himself as one of the top midfielders outside of the Premier League‘s ‘big six’ and recently earned a promotion of his own, stepping up as Conor Coady’s replacement as captain in Bruno Lage’s side.

It is somewhat of a surprise that he remained with the club this summer, as he implied at the end of last season that it may be time for a change, while top Premier League clubs were linked with his signing.

However, Lage suggested that Wolves value the Portugal international at £100m; and had they sold him for that price, it would have been a 633% increase on the fee that they paid in 2017, which certainly represents good business by the club to get him in for the amount that they did.

Neves is currently ranked as the top performer in Wolves’ squad after averaging an impressive 7.37 rating from WhoScored for his Premier League performances, which emphasises how important he is in Lage’s team.

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His one goal this season, one of just three scored by the Old Gold in the top flight, was a trademark screamer from outside the penalty box, something that Wolves fans have become well accustomed to seeing during his time at the club.

With comments which still ring true today, Darren Bent was full of praise for Neves in 2019 when he said: “He’s been good, he has scored some world-class goals that people will never forget.

“It’s a testament to Wolves that they’ve managed to hold onto him as there were times when he was one of the best midfield players in the country, he was playing at such a high level, and the fact they have managed to hold onto him and that he is still putting in good performances week-in-week-out, it’s brilliant for them.”

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Keeping Neves for the foreseeable future might prove difficult if he maintains his current level of performance, but considering his huge rise in value since signing for Wolves five years ago, there can be no doubt that the club’s former manager Nuno Espirito Santo played a blinder by bringing him to Molineux.

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