Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League
Photo by Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images

Wolves could do with Pedro Neto finding form to reignite European football bid

Wolves somehow remain in contention to secure European football next season.

Wanderers slipped up on Sunday against Burnley, with the Clarets winning 1-0 at Turf Moor.

Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images

It was a hugely disappointing result, made much worse by the fact that West Ham United and Manchester United both also lost.

It was a real chance for Wolves to make gains, but it was a familiar story in that the team just lacked a cutting edge.

Just recently, Wolves have been struggling in front of goal again.

On Sunday, Fabio Silva led the line, with Raul Jimenez operating on the right – although he was tucked in slightly – and Hwang Hee-chan on the left.

It looked as though that unusual lineup might yield success in the first-half.

But in the second 45, there was no real threat, especially after Burnley got their goal.

Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images

Daniel Podence was undoubtedly a big miss. But it is also difficult not to think about Pedro Neto at the moment.

Neto was Wolves’ shining light last season as the team struggled in the absence of Jimenez.

He returned from his knee injury back in February and, perhaps predictably, he hasn’t really been able to hit form.

He has looked lively in parts, including against the Clarets on Sunday, but for the most part, the 22-year-old is lacking influence right now.

It might not be possible. But Wolves could really do with him rediscovering his mojo is the club are to reignite their bid for European football.

It could be asking a lot, but Wolves need Pedro Neto to show his class

It was far from ideal that Neto picked up a foot injury recently that ruled him out of the games against Everton and Leeds United.

That disrupted his momentum, and Lage said after the defeat to Burnley that the youngster wasn’t ready to play more than 30 minutes at Turf Moor.

Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images

Hopefully, he can get up to speed as quickly as possible.

Because Wolves’ European football hopes might just hinge on the attacking players getting their act together.

And if Neto starts firing again, there will surely be a decent chance.