Former Wolverhampton Wanderers full-back Andy Thompson believes Pedro Neto will be a massive miss for the club.
The three-cap Portugal winger is facing several months on the sidelines after suffering a fractured patella.
The electric 21-year-old has been Wolves’ best player this season, but must now undergo a period of rehabilitation following surgery.
He is set to miss the European Championships, and could well end up missing the start of the 2021/21 campaign for Wolves.
Speaking about the player on Matchday Live Extra, Thompson said of Neto: “He’ll be a big miss. He’s been very bright this season, he’s played really well.
“I know he hasn’t contributed with goals in recent weeks, but he’s still been performing well when he plays, so he’s been massive to the team – especially with all the injuries we had prior to him.
“We did see him at the Fulham game when he was walking in front of us with his leg strapped up, so you could see there was a slight problem there before the game, but he’ll have to put it right, he’s still young, so I’m sure he’ll heal pretty quickly and will be good to get him back next year.”
Neto will finish the 2020/21 campaign with five goals and five assists to his name.
Potential to sting, but Wolves have quality
On the face of it, losing Neto for potentially the start of next season is a really big blow.
He’s obviously been fantastic this season and is someone who makes things happen and works hard for the team.
That said, Wolves still have amazing quality in the final third.
Adama Traore has recently been reminding people just how destructive he can be, and Daniel Podence is also a real talent.
And then of course there is the return of Raul Jimenez to look forward to.
It may take him some time to get back up to speed, but Wolves definitely have enough quality in Neto’s absence, and that’s before potential new arrivals.