When Ruben Neves joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship it typified the ambition of the club’s new owners.
This was a club going places, and during his first season Neves showed he was well above the standard of England’s second tier. There were, however, question marks around whether he would be able to handle the step up to the Premier League. To his credit, he has consistently shown his quality and class on the ball, especially alongside compatriot Joao Moutinho.
Saturday’s 2-0 victory over West Ham United was yet further evidence of that ability, with the former Porto midfielder operating as a conductor in the middle of the park, misplacing just seven passes all game (source: StatsZone).
Nestled within that precision was a passing variety that highlights Neves’ pedigree. He completed eight out of his 10 attempted passes in the final third, and 22 of his 27 forward passes.