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Bruno Lage cannot ignore Pedro Neto struggles for Wolves

Wolves claimed their first Premier League win of the season yesterday, beating Southampton 1-0 at Molineux.

It has been a tough start to the 2022/23 campaign in terms of results.

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But yesterday, Wanderers finally got the ball rolling with a victory over the Saints.

It was a hard-fought victory and Southampton did have some very good chances to score in the second-half.

But Wolves held on, and Daniel Podence turned out to be the match winner.

There were some very good individual performances yesterday. The likes of Matheus Nunes, Nathan Collins and Jonny Castro Otto all really stood out at Molineux.

But there was one notably poor performer in the form of Pedro Neto, who just didn’t have anything come off for him in the game.

Neto was arguably a surprise starter yesterday. His form in recent weeks has not been particularly good.

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But he was handed another chance by Bruno Lage and, unfortunately, he really struggled at Molineux.

He had real trouble up against Romain Perraud and never really got the better of the Frenchman.

There were times where he shirked challenges, and his crossing was very erratic.

He actually did play a part in the goal, slipping Matheus Nunes in who then crossed for Daniel Podence to score.

But aside from that, there was very little to like about Neto’s display yesterday, with the youngster a level below his teammates.

And he knew it too, with the star seen raising his hands seemingly to apologise to the fans when he was replaced with around 15 minutes to go.

He was lucky to be handed a start, and Lage surely cannot now ignore this alarming slump.

Pedro Neto needs taking out of the firing line for Wolves

Neto’s form at the moment is a strange one.

In pre-season he looked really sharp and there was every indication that he would really hit the ground running in 2022/23.

But that has not been the case at all so far.

Things just aren’t coming off for him right now, and he appears to be lacking in confidence.

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Lage loves Neto. But he’d be doing right by him by dropping him to the bench for the next game against Liverpool.

Keeping him in the starting XI whilst he’s in this kind of form won’t help him or the team.

It is surely time for Lage to turn to someone like Adama Traore, who is yet to start a Premier League game this season.

It feels like Neto needs to just recalibrate. Benching him might well light a fire beneath him and he’ll come back stronger.