Wolverhampton Wanderers have made a very bright start to the new season.
The team have only won one game in the Premier League so far, against Watford last time out, but Bruno Lage’s side have looked impressive.
Despite the 2021/22 season still being in its infancy, Wolves have transformed from a reactive and counter-attacking side that were often boring to watch, to a thrilling offensive unit.
Chances are being created here, there and everywhere. And the defending has actually been pretty good to boot.
Two players have been right at the forefront of this promising start.
Ruben Neves and Adama Traore have cemented their status as the best of the bunch at Wolves this season.
Neither have provided any goals or assists yet, but both have been among the standout players in every game thus far.
Neves got a bit lost last season – although he was still one of the better performers – but is absolutely flourishing now in this attacking system of Lage’s.
His performance against Watford was superb, and one only needs to watch the highlight reel the club tweet out yesterday to see how good he was.
He is controlling games, and passing forwards with incision and regularity.
And Traore has been looking more dangerous than ever, and has completed more dribbles than many top teams from across Europe.
The Spaniard is causing opposition defenders sheer panic at the moment, and it won’t be long before that first goal or assist comes.
It’s already at the point whereby Wolves will surely have to expect some more transfer interest in January.
Wolves will have to fight to retain their star duo
It would be naive to think there will be nobody sniffing around Neves and/or Traore in the next transfer window.
With the shackles now off the pair of them – or, at least loosened – we are seeing how good they can really be.
Manchester United are crying out for a deep-lying playmaker and Tottenham Hotspur need someone with a bit of unpredictability.
Both were linked with Neves and Traore respectively in the summer, and will surely be impressed with what they have seen.
Wolves might be lucky to retain them beyond January – especially Traore, given he’ll only have 18 months left on his contract by that point.