Ruben Neves has been speaking about wearing the captain’s armband at Wolves and his preferred style of leadership.
The midfield maestro assumed the role when Conor Coady left Molineux to join Everton on loan in the summer.
The defender’s surprising exit meant Bruno Lage – who has since been sacked of course – had to choose a new skipper.
Neves has vice-captain and so was the obvious candidate to succeed the England international.
Neves as captain is something many Wolves fans have loved seeing, despite the new season being mostly unenjoyable so far.
The 25-year-old loves the club and the supporters, and he feels a brilliant fit for the role.
And Neves is loving the responsibility.
He told the club’s official website: “I’m really proud. It’s been a pleasure to do it for such a special club for me. It’s a responsibility I have and I’m really happy with it. It’s a great squad and a great group, it’s an easy group to be a captain of, I’m really enjoying it and I’m doing my best.”
Since acquiring the armband, Neves has arguably taken his game up another level.
The star’s passing ability is well known, but the defensive side of his game has been seriously impressive this term.
Neves is certainly developing into a great leader, and the star has also divulged his preferred style of leadership.
“I’m not the kind of captain who wants to shout or speak too much. I prefer to leave by example, by giving everything in training sessions, giving my best every day, so the rest can watch me train and play and know I’m giving 100 per cent, so they can follow me, that’s my way to lead. Of course, I speak a lot in games, because of my position, it’s really important to communicate.”
Ruben Neves has been a great captain so far for Wolves, as he says he wants his teammates to watch him in training
Coady was always going to be a very difficult act to follow in terms of the captaincy.
But Neves has definitely done a good job up to now.
He’s been one of only few to take responsibility this season, and his all-round game has been excellent.
Hopefully the rest are watching him on the training field, as Neves himself hopes.
There are many in that squad right now that need to raise their games to somewhere near the 25-year-old.