Wolves manager Bruno Lage has insisted there is no pressure for Ruben Neves to score in spectacular style.
The Portugal midfielder once carved out a reputation for scoring amazing goals from long distance.
It has been a fair while now since we’ve seen a blockbuster strike from Neves.
His last goal from outside the box came against Espanyol in the Europa League back in February 2020.
Wolves fans probably feel as though Neves might be due for another soon, but Lage is not overly concerned.
He said (via Express & Star): “I don’t say anything to Ruben.
“I think it’s better not to create pressure – they know their responsibility towards Wolves in the Premier League.
“We don’t need to put pressure on these guys because they know. The pressure comes from within.”
Last season, Neves demonstrated an aptitude for getting into the penalty area and scoring that way, rather than rocketing efforts in from distance.
His goals against Everton and Newcastle came as a result of him getting himself into positions he never usually had beforehand.
With Raul Jimenez unavailable, it was important that somebody stepped up and tried to chip in with more goals.
Neves long shooting is a luxury
He hasn’t scored a thunderbolt for a while, but that’s not so important all things considered.
There are plenty of other things Neves needs to be good at before being able to shoot from afar.
It is simply a luxury having a player capable of scoring spectacular goals.
Neves is largely a playmaker from deep, and a very good one at that.
So long as he is performing his primary duties well, Lage will be a happy man. He’s certainly started 2021/22 well
Any 40-yard screamers on top of that will be a welcome bonus.