Wolves manager Bruno Lage has hailed Ruben Neves, after the star put in a fine performance against Everton on Monday.
Wolves continued their good form, beating the Toffees 2-1 under the lights at Molineux in the Premier League.
Max Kilman and Raul Jimenez got the goals during a scintillating first-half from the hosts.
The intensity dropped in the second and an Alex Iwobi goal allowed the visitors to get back into the game.
Unlike against Leeds though, Wolves held on for three points.
The result has propelled the club up to seventh in the table, and Lage has rightly been coming in for praise for the job he is doing at the moment.
One man who was key to Wolves being dominant in the game for so long was Neves.
The 24-year-old was always available, and constantly spread the play to the wing-backs.
In the second-half, the game demanded more defensively from Neves, who answer the call to arms.
It was just a fantastic midfield performance and afterwards, Lage hailed the maestro.
He said: “A good example for what I said for the players having ambition to win more and put Wolves at a different standard, and go to the national team and play there, it’s what Ruben Neves did.
“What he did in the first half – he controlled everything. I know the players can do it and I want more for the guys.”
It would appear Neves has become the teacher’s pet, with Lage strongly suggesting Neves is the example others should be following.
Everton performance shows Neves is key to the new Wolves way
Against Leeds, with Neves on the bench, Wolves struggled in possession and lacked fluidity.
The difference in performance with him on the pitch compared to when he’s not is huge.
He really did have the game by the scruff of the neck in the first-half.
Everything was going through him at the base of the midfield, and his crisp passing seemed to rub off on his teammates.
He just showed that he is central to this slick new, possession-based style of play.