Wolves legend John Richards thinks winger Pedro Neto has it in him to lift the goalscoring burden on Raul Jimenez.
The 20-year-old scored his first goal of the 2020/21 season against Fulham before the international break, which was only his sixth for the club since joining from Braga in 2019.
It was a very well taken strike by the youngster at Molineux, arrowing his effort low into the far corner giving Alphonse Areola no chance.
It’s been a very lively start from Neto, who can definitely lay claim to being one of the better performers in the team so far, which has been sluggish out of the traps.
Wolves have lost a goals provider with Diogo Jota having departed for Liverpool, but ex-striker Richards reckons Neto has the makings of someone who can help Jimenez out in attack.
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He told the Express & Star: “I think he’ll settle into that position and be a regular scorer, which is exactly what you want.
“You can’t just rely on Jimenez to be the out-and-out scorer. You really need the players around you to be knocking them in as well.
“And Neto has got that ability. Hopefully the goal he got against Fulham will give him that confidence.”
Neto the next Jota?
Neto is a real promising young talent and also works very hard for the team.
The £50,000-a-week starlet (Spotrac) has had a year of playing in the Premier League and should be well-equipped to reach the next level in 2020/21.
That next level is definitely adding more goals and assists to his game, and the way he took his goal against Fulham would suggest he has it in him to be clinical.
Jota’s exit was a stinger, but Neto – as Richards predicts – could well be the man to succeed his fellow countryman and give Jimenez a helping hand.