Some Wolves fans on social media have called for Ruben Neves to be given more of a ‘free’ role.

The maestro has experienced a pretty low-key start to 2020/21.

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So far, he’s made 12 appearances for the club, but is yet to register any goals or assists, which has led to criticism from some.

Neves has largely been operating as a deep-lying playmaker, with Leander Dendoncker operating slightly more advanced.

Given Neves’ brilliant passing range, he should be shining in the role but that hasn’t really been the case.

He’s had a few decent outings – the win over Crystal Palace springs to mind – but one gets the feeling that Neves is being wasted a little bit.

In theory, the £50,000-a-week star (Spotrac) could be of much greater use playing further forward so he can play killer passes in behind for the likes of Adama Traore and Daniel Podence to latch onto.

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At the moment, he sweeps the ball out to the wing-backs, but moves can break down from there.

On social media, some Wolves fans have made the case for Neves to be given license to roam further forwards and be a bit more incisive.

In theory with no Raul Jimenez, there is a greater likelihood of runs being made in behind by Traore and Podence, and so Neves is probably the best-equipped player to find them.

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