Wolves took another big step towards Premier League safety yesterday, beating Brentford 2-0 at Molineux.

Diego Costa scored his first goal for the club, which he thoroughly deserved for his brilliant performance in the game.

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In the second-half, substitute Hwang Hee-chan made sure of the points with a tap-in, after a brilliant run from Matheus Nunes.

Brentford had a few moments in the game. But Wolves were fully worth the victory.

It was another performance full of heart, and Wanderers worked the ball really well at times.

It has been very interesting to watch these last two performances against Chelsea and Brentford from Wolves.

Arguably, they are two of the very best all season.

And they have come in the absence of Ruben Neves, who has been serving a suspension due to picking up 10 yellow cards.

Neves is perhaps the best player to have ever worn the Wolves shirt. He has done incredible things for this team and his quality is not in question.

But a debate has now started amongst Wolves fans on social media.

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Neves has now served his ban, and some are suggesting he should be brought back into the starting XI, as he is the talisman.

But quite a number of others believe that Neves should not walk straight back into a team that has absolutely thrived in the last two games.

Without any doubt, Julen Lopetegui is now facing his biggest call as Wolves manager.

It’s a really hard call for Julen Lopetegui, Wolves have been brilliant without Ruben Neves

Lopetegui is in a very unenviable position with this.

Neves is an exceptional player. And he has often been head and shoulders above his teammates this season.

But Wolves have just put in two of their best displays of the season without him.

The Mario Lemina-Joao Gomes partnership has been brilliant. And Matheus Nunes has been fantastic on that right wing coming inside at times.

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There is just so much energy about the midfield without Neves. And the creativity hasn’t actually suffered too much.

No one in Wolves’ squad can pick a pass quite like the 26-year-old. But Wanderers have appeared to play with a higher intensity with Lemina and Gomes.

It is certainly going to be absolutely fascinating to see what Lopetegui does next weekend.

You do get that feeling that Lopetegui will not be afraid to bench Neves. If he can do things like leave top scorer Daniel Podence and Raul Jimenez out of match day squads, then maybe Neves could well be a substitute against Leicester City.

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