Former Wolves midfielder David Edwards has hailed the work of Ruben Neves this season.

In his Express and Star column, Edwards – who of course used to patrol the centre of the park at Molineux – was effusive in his praise for the Portugal international.

Neves was dropped to the bench against Southampton before being brought back in against Newcastle on Saturday.

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“I’ve some Wolves friends who weren’t overly happy with the performance but I thought it was a really good display. I watched the way they try to play.

“It was a bit unfortunate it was stop-start with injuries and things. Neves and Moutinho were very good the other day.

“I touched on Neves missing Southampton, and in possession he’s an absolute maverick with his range of passing.


“He’s always in position to receive the ball and link between the back three and forward players. It’s a joy to see how he’s come on.”

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Under Nuno Espirito Santo, much of Neves’ game was about positional discipline.

Now, he’s being asked to get on the ball much more as Bruno Lage tries to introduce a more attacking style.

That suits Neves, and Edwards has suggested he’s improved this season as a result.

He responded well to being left out against Southampton and came back into the side with a big performance, before heading off on international duty.

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