There’s a danger of Ruben Neves’ consistent brilliance becoming normalised and therefore underappreciated.
He’s only 24 but capable of mixing it with any midfield in the Premier League.
Wolves have dropped off collectively but one statistic indicates that Neves hasn’t slipped individually.
He’s the only Premier League player to make more than 60 interceptions and tackles this season.
That’s better than the likes of Declan Rice, who has earned rave reviews with West Ham.
The Portuguese is a player with his best years ahead of him, cutting the mustard in a hugely competitive, high-tempo league.
His passing and long-range shooting is a joy to behold, but he also does the other part of the game as well.
Neves would grace the Champions League, and of course has that experience with Porto.
There’s more to football than numbers of course. But Neves is producing output which outstrips rivals are more illustrious clubs.
He will be crucial next season if Wolves are to recover from this blip and challenge for Europe once more.
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