Wolverhampton Wanderers legend Andy Thompson believes Ruben Neves can stay on the goal trail, after the midfielder scored his fifth of the season against Newcastle United on Saturday.
Neves was on hand to equalise against the Magpies at St. James Park, popping up in the penalty area to head home Pedro Neto’s cross.
It was an outstanding header from Neves, who had to contort his body with the ball coming in slightly behind him.
Neves is certainly doing his bit after there had been criticism about a lack of goals from midfield.
And former Molineux star Thompson thinks Neves has the talent to get plenty more before the season is out.
He said (via Wolves official): “We’ve said we want to see more goals from him, and he’s starting to do that. He’s getting more up the pitch, he’s starting to get into the box, and he’s getting on the end of things.
“We knew he could do it, and he’s proving that he can.
“Just by being more confident and getting into the penalty area, he’s going to add more goals, because he’s got so much quality.”
Neves needs just one more goal to equal his best goalscoring season for Wolves, which was his first (in the Championship) after joining from FC Porto.
Nuno should try unshackling Neves
Neves clearly has a decent eye for goal, and one wonders if Nuno should see about instructing him to play further forwards.
Of course, he has a brilliant passing range and he does suit playing deep, but he’s been showing there is more to his game recently.
Maybe Leander Dendoncker should be given the holding midfield role, with Neves and Joao Moutinho the creators just ahead of him.
Wolves’ Premier League status is no longer under any threat and so it could be a good time to experiment.