Pedro Neto has posted a message on Instagram, after the winger made his first start for Wolves 330 days after his last.
Neto returned to Wolves’ matchday squad for the first time a few weeks ago. He was named on the bench for the game against Leicester City, whom he got a 10 minute cameo against.
He then made appearances in the defeats to Arsenal and West Ham United.
Following the team’s awful display against the Hammers, some fans had called for Neto to start against Crystal Palace.
And Bruno Lage duly obliged, naming the 22-year-old in attack along with Daniel Podence and Hwang Hee-chan.
It was a disgraceful collective performance from Wolves at Molineux yesterday.
It is difficult to think of a single redeeming thing about the game, as all areas of the team struggled.
Palace were superb in the first-half to their credit. But Wolves lacked cohesion in the final third, and were all at sea in defence.
It was difficult for Neto, who is clearly still finding his feet after returning from his injury.
He did not have a good game, and maybe it was too soon for him to come in for a start.
But the performance against West Ham was so poor, Lage had to try something different.
Neto tried, but things just didn’t come off for him. But it is, at least, some more much-needed minutes under his belt.
The former Braga man took to Instagram last night to express his delight at making his long-awaited to start, writing: “After 330 days… start a game it felt unbelievable. We go again @wolves.”
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It was really good to see the teamsheet come in yesterday with Neto named as a starter.
Sadly he was unable to really do anything on what was just an awful day at the office for Wolves.
But any criticism of him personally is perhaps slightly unfair. He is obviously still working his way back to fitness and form. He needs time to get used to the intensity of the Premier League again.
It was a tough gig being thrown in against a physical Palace side.
Hopefully the youngster can soon find his mojo for Wolves, although it’s possible it may not come for the rest of the season.