Pedro Neto is officially back for Wolves, after the winger made his long-awaited return to action in the 2-1 win over Leicester City yesterday.
Wanderers picked up another three points and have kept pace with the sides above them in the Premier League table.
It was not the best performance. But the most important thing was picking up the win, and the dream of European football next season remains very much alive.
Ruben Neves got the balling rolling for Wolves, converting with a first time strike from the edge of the box inside the first 10 minutes.
Ademola Lookman got the Foxes back on level terms, but Daniel Podence then popped up to score against the run of play.
That would turn out to be the winning goal, and Wanderers march on to the next game with Arsenal on Thursday
Another huge positive of the day was obviously the return of Neto.
Bruno Lage sent him on in place of the brilliant Podence with around 10 minutes plus injury time to go.
And it was actually a lively cameo from the 21-year-old, who almost lifted the roof off Molineux when he had that chance in injury-time when Kasper Schmeichel went up for a Leicester corner.
He couldn’t quite convert from range, but the main thing is that he’s back, and Lage is delighted to be able to call on last season’s Player of the Year.
He marked the occasion by posting on Instagram, saying simply ‘I’m back’.
There are hundreds of comments on the posts including from his teammates such as Conor Coady, Jose Sa, Max Kilman, Luke Cundle and John Ruddy. A few loanees have also commented, like Morgan Gibbs-White, Ruben Vinagre and Bruno Jordao, as well as ex-Molineux star Diogo Jota.
Pedro Neto’s return is uplifting news for Wolves
It was brilliant to see Neto back out there for Wolves.
It could potentially take him a while to get back up to speed, but the simple fact he is involved again will surely provide the dressing room with a major lift.
Ideally, he’ll make big contributions as Wolves look to finish the season strong.
But Lage now has a cracking array of options for those wide positions, and it’s a very healthy position for him to be in.