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Jamie Redknapp says Wolves need to get Pedro Neto fit

Jamie Redknapp has said Wolves need Pedro Neto fit if they are to start climbing the Premier League table.

Wolves fell to another defeat last night, losing to Arsenal 2-0 at Molineux.

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Martin Odegaard scored twice for the visitors in the second-half, after Wolves had started the game fairly brightly.

Steve Davis got things right tactically initially, reverting back to a back three.

It made it hard for Arsenal to break Wanderers down, and Wolves were lively on the counter with Adama Traore and Goncalo Guedes.

But ultimately, it was the same old story in that there was a lack of a cutting edge.

Wolves are now done until after the World Cup, and it’s just eight goals scored in the first 15 games.

It is hugely concerning, and Julen Lopetegui has a big job on his hands.

The Spaniard will hopefully have Pedro Neto and Raul Jimenez back available in January, and Redknapp spoke about the former and his importance on Saturday Night Football after the game.

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Redknapp said (Sky Sports): “I always talk about Neto when I watch Wolves play. I think he’s such an influential player. He’s one of the best players, when he’s fit, in the Premier League.

“But they need to get him fit, he’s so important to this team. He stretches teams, he’s fantastic on the ball, he can score goals, but he’s just had a wretched run of injuries.

“Getting him back will be a key for them.”

Neto has been sidelined since the 2-0 defeat to West Ham United, which proved to be Bruno Lage’s final game in charge.

He had not scored or assisted before picking up his injury.

Pedro Neto has had a nightmare first half of 2022/23, and Wolves need him back fit and firing

Neto has had a bit of nightmare first half of 2022/23.

Hopes were very high for him after he had a bright pre-season. And he was looking sharper towards the end of last term.

But it just didn’t happen for him, and then he picked up his ankle injury and is out until January.

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Redknapp has sang Neto’s praises before, and it’s true he can be massively influential for Wolves.

But who knows what kind of form he’ll show when he returns. Wolves need him back, but there’s no guarantees he’ll reach the level he was showing in the 2020/21 season.