Yellow card magnet Ruben Neves now walking a tightrope (again) for Wolves
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Yellow card magnet Ruben Neves now walking a tightrope (again) for Wolves

Wolves recorded a huge victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday – but it was another game in which Ruben Neves picked up a booking.

Adama Traore’s second-half goal resulted in three massive points for Wanderers at Molineux.

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Julen Lopetegui masterminded the win after making some bold changes at half-time.

Wolves are now up to 13th in the Premier League table, but are only five points clear of the relegation zone.

But things are going in the right direction under Lopetegui, and optimism about staying in the division is high.

Wolves have Newcastle United, Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, Chelsea, Brentford and Leicester City in their next six games and Molineux captain Neves is going to have to be careful.

He picked up his ninth yellow card of the season against Spurs. It was for a cynical foul on Ivan Perisic on the edge of his own box. Frustratingly, it was perhaps one he didn’t need to make. The Croatian did have a few players in front of him.

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So, if he picks up one more booking in any of the next six games, he will have to serve a two-game ban. He has already served a one-game ban this season for accumulating five cautions.

Only Joelinton and Joao Palhinha have picked up more (10 each) than him this season in the Premier League.

Wolves fans will hope he can stay out of trouble.

Last season, Neves found himself in a similar predicament. But he somehow managed to avoid being booked for 11 games to avoid a second suspension.

Ruben Neves’ bad habit leaves Wolves sweating, a two-game ban would be a huge blow

So Neves has now got to walk a tightrope for the next six games.

He was able to escape a second ban last season, but it will be difficult for him.

The 25-year-old is an absolutely top-class player. But it is a bad habit of his that he picks up so many yellow cards.

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And a lot of them are for arguing with officials. Sometimes, to be fair, he cannot be blamed for expressing his dismay.

But Neves really needs to work on cutting out those cautions.

He now has to be really careful and cannot be as disruptive in these next six games. For Wolves to lose Neves for two games would be a major blow.