Ian Wright said on Match of the day last night that he cannot see Ruben Neves staying at Wolves for too much longer.
The midfielder was Wolves’ saviour again yesterday, as he struck an equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Brentford.
Ben Mee had given the hosts the lead with a brilliant left-footed volley.
But Neves popped up just moments later to curl an effort into the corner from the edge of the penalty area. Diego Costa then picked up a red card in stoppage time.
That was Neves’ third goal of the season, making him the club’s outright top goalscorer.
The star needs just two more to equal his best-ever tally in the Premier League. He scored five in the 2020/21 season.
Reacting on Match of the Day last night, former Arsenal striker Wright piled the praise on Neves, but stated that he just can’t see the Portuguese staying at Molineux for much longer.
He said: “Look at Neves in that space. Someone’s got to pick him up because if anything’s going to happen… there’s such a reliance on Neves in this team.
“This (ball) coming out here, you’re just thinking ‘goal’. That’s the quality he’s got.
“For me, I think that they missed a massive trick Wolves by not building the team around this guy. I can’t see him being there for too much longer.”
Of course at the moment, there is a lot of speculation about Neves’ immediate future.
This week there have been more reports about interest from Barcelona, who could apparently make a move for him in January.
Supposedly the Catalan giants see him as a long-term replacement for Sergio Busquets.
The 25-year-old’s contract at Molineux expires in the summer of 2024, and officials are very hopeful he will extend. But most fans are realistic about the situation and are not expecting him to.
Ian Wright is half-right, as pundit says he can’t see Ruben Neves staying at Wolves much longer
Wright’s comments about Neves are interesting.
Arguably, Wolves have actually shaped their team around Neves in the last few years. He has been a regular pick in the midfield and he is often the player that gets on the ball the most for Wanderers and regularly delivers high-level performances.
Perhaps Wright means Wolves might have looked to change their formation sooner to try and have more possession of the ball, to take advantage of Neves’ playmaking abilities a bit more.
But few Wolves fans will be able to disagree with Wright about Neves staying at the club much longer.
He is regularly a cut above the rest of his teammates.
And he has been a very loyal servant to the club over the years.
As much as everyone wants him to stay, it does just feel like it’s getting to that point where he’ll be moving on soon. Especially given his contract situation. It was thought he would do so in the last transfer window.