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Ruben Neves praises Wolves teammate Willy Boly after recent return

Ruben Neves has branded Willy Boly an important player, after the defender made his return to action for Wolves last week.

The Ivory Coast international was named as a starter for the clash with Watford on Thursday.

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He replaced Max Kilman in the back three for his first Premier League appearance of the season. His only other appearance this term came against Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup.

It was great to see him back starting a top-flight match again, and Boly put in a near-faultless performance against the Hornets.

Despite his solid showing, Boly was back on the bench for Sunday’s game against Everton.

But Neves has talked up his teammate, and believes his return for Wolves is great news.

He said (via Express & Star): “He’s (Boly) a great player, of course. I think we have a great squad.

“He’s been an important player for us and unfortunately got some injuries, but the players who were playing did a fantastic job as well.

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“That’s the main thing, everyone is ready to play and everyone has the quality to play and give something different for the team.

“Boly did well of course but anyone that plays in that position will do really well, I’m sure of that, because of the way we work.”

Crunch time for Willy Boly at Wolves

It was really good to see Boly back playing in a Premier League game again for Wolves last week.

His assured display against Watford was really encouraging, and a reminder of what a brilliant player he is.

It is simply about Boly staying fit now until the end of the season.

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One gets the feeling that if he picks up any more knocks, it might see him struggle to stay at the club beyond the summer.

It would be such a shame if the club decided to sell.

But Wolves need players they can count on, which is why this really is crunch time now for Boly, who has played just 180 minutes in 2021/22.

Hopefully he can come in and make the odd appearance over the next couple of months, stay fit and stick around for another season at Molineux.