A problem Wolverhampton Wanderers have had this season looks like it is slowly being rectified.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have struggled to score goals this season without Raul Jimenez.

The Mexico international is a top-class player, and his absence was bound to sting.

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It was almost expected that the club would struggle in the final third with Jimenez on the sidelines.

One big issue Wolves had at one point was scoring goals from midfield.

Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker, who’s spent the past few games playing at the back, have just one goal between them this season.

But thankfully Ruben Neves is now stepping up for Nuno, and it’s really important that he is given the struggles in front of goal for Willian Jose and Fabio Silva.

Neves was on hand to equalise against Newcastle yesterday, and in brilliant fashion too.

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The midfielder adjusted brilliantly to convert a header against the Magpies, which now takes him to five for the season.

Neves deserves credit for stepping up

Goals from midfield are important, and Neves does deserve plaudits for stepping up, especially with other, more attack-minded players struggling.

His game usually revolves around picking the ball up in deep areas and pinging passes out to the wing-backs.

So to add a goalscoring side is impressive.

Two may have been penalties, but the £50,000-a-week star’s (Spotrac) efforts against Everton, Arsenal and Newcastle suggest Neves may have more to offer further up the field from here on.

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