Wolves have had plenty of stand-out players this campaign which has seen the team challenge for European qualification.

Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez are just two who have caught the eye and impressed fans and pundits alike.

However, it can be easy to overlook the importance of Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho.

Neither of the two gets the same amount of praise as the forwards but they are just as vital to the team. But why are they so underrated?

Magnificent Moutinho

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Moutinho joined Wolves in the summer of 2018 for a reported fee of £5 million, which seems a bargain a year and a half on.

The midfielder, who is Portugal’s third most capped player, brings bags of experience and talent to the Wolves side.

Despite being 33, Moutinho seems to keep getting better and better. He makes being a midfielder in the Premier League look easy.

Having someone like Moutinho in front of you must be a relief for Wolves’ back three.

He has a skill for making the perfect tackle and turning Wolves from defence into attack in a matter of seconds.

Not only this, he is also a set-piece specialist and no pass is too difficult for him.

He is the kind of midfielder that could fit into any team and Wolves are lucky to have him in what seems to be the prime of his career.

Neves is one of the best

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Wolves began the season in a 3-5-2 formation which didn’t seem to suit Neves, who even found himself out of the team at one point.

However, when Nuno switched back to 3-4-3, Neves flourished and he hasn’t looked back since.

The 22-year-old has found himself further up the pitch, which has seen him gain more touches and have a higher passing accuracy percentage, from 70 percent to 84 percent.

For many players, the extended run of games Wolves have had this season would leave them tired and jaded. Neves, however, seems to relish the challenge and is performing week after week.

He lit up the Championship in his first season at Molineux with some of his long-range goals. These have become less frequent since Wolves’ promotion, but his midfield play has improved.

He can dictate the game from midfield and seems to be one step ahead of everyone else.

It may be too soon to predict but at this rate, Neves is on the right path to becoming a club legend.

The midfield partnership

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The two Portuguese midfielders have an incredible rapport between them.

Not many midfield pairings in the league have an understanding between them as Neves and Moutinho do.

As well as this, they both seem to have a deep sense of admiration for the other, as shown by the video in this UEFA Europa League tweet.

Neither player gets the plaudits that they arguably deserve, but Wolves fans would prefer to keep it this way to prevent a heightened interest from other clubs.

Their partnership, both on and off the field, is special and long may it continue.

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