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3 means of covering Pedro Neto's absence at Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers will finish their season without Pedro Neto.

The Portuguese talent has been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign after suffering damage to his patella, for which he needs surgery.

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It’s a big blow for Wolves, with Neto having been the standout player this season.

He will be a miss, but here are a few courses of action Nuno Espirito Santo could take to minimalise the impact of his loss.

Two up top, Adama and Jose/Silva?

Wolves’ formation has tended to be a 3-4-3, with Neto and Adama Traore operating as wide players.

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But it is not uncommon for that shape to change in games, and sometimes Wolves end up with two strikers.

Perhaps Nuno can use Traore through the middle in a partnership with either Fabio Silva or Willian Jose, with width coming from the likes of Nelson Semedo and Rayan Ait-Nouri in the wing-back positions.

Podence back out wide

He shifted out wide into Neto’s position when he went off at Craven Cottage, and it’s probably the most likely thing for Nuno to do.

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The manager has liked to deploy Daniel Podence in a number 10 role on occasion, with he has mainly featured as a winger for Wolves since his arrival in January 2020.

There’s more than a reasonable chance it’ll be him and Traore working in the wide positions.

Call up Theo Corbeanu

Probably the least likely move, but something many Wolves fans would love to see.

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Corbeanu has been having a great season with the U23s and recently made his debut for the Canada national team.

Capable of playing through the middle or on the wing, the talented 18-year-old could be ready to make his first-team debut having made a few of Nuno’s squads already this season.