Bruno Lage has sang the praises of Ruben Neves, after the star ran the show against West Ham United yesterday.
Neves was absolutely superb for the hosts, on what was a brilliant day for the club.
Wolves recorded their sixth victory of the season, with Raul Jimenez scoring the game’s only goal.
The Mexican converted first time from the edge of the box from Daniel Podence’s cross.
Lage started with a midfield two of Neves and Joao Moutinho, which has been his go-to selection for most of the season.
And the Portuguese pair did a brilliant job against two really good players in Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek.
Neves was particularly brilliant, and Lage was full of praise for his maestro after the game.
He said (via Birmingham Mail): “He needs to understand two things: consistency – it’s important for him and his career – and the other one is to improve his defensive game.
“Not just the way we are defending, but also his individual duels. He’s working hard on those situations and, if we continue to work hard and improve, we have on our hands, and in our club, a top player.”
Ruben Neves is absolutely a top player
It was a fantastic performance yesterday from Neves, who looked more like the £100 million player than West Ham’s Declan Rice supposedly is.
He is thriving under Lage at the moment.
If he can improve his defensive work, and that is already a fairly strong part of his game now, then Wolves will soon have one of the best central midfielders in the Premier League. If they don’t already.
Sadly, if he continues in this fashion, Wolves are undoubtedly going to find other clubs circling. He is simply too good for that not to happen.
But hopefully Neves sees the potential in Wolves under Lage and is willing to stick around for a while yet.