Date: 15th February 2020 at 8:30am
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Wolverhampton Wanderers supporters were critical of the performances from a number of attacking players in Friday’s 0-0 draw with Leicester City, but they hailed the contribution of a midfielder – Ruben Neves. The 22-year-old saw a lot of the ball, was accurate with his passing from long range, frequently turned over possession and completed more passes than any player on the pitch.

Neves started alongside Leander Dendoncker in midfield as Joao Moutinho was dropped to the bench. The pair limited Youri Tielemens, Ayoze Perez, Hamza Choudhury and Harvey Barnes to only one chance created between them. James Maddison and Jamie Vardy didn’t have a shot all game as their service was expertly cut off by Neves and co.

Against Leicester, the Portuguese international played for 80 minutes, made 57 touches, won two aerial duels, had one shot, completed 86.1% of his 43 passes, whipped in two crosses with 50% accuracy, made one tackle, found a teammate with 10 of his 12 long passes, made five interceptions and had one successful dribble.

The 22-year-old has made 38 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring and creating five goals. Fans will be glad to see the winter break didn’t cause Neves to get rusty.

Where will Wolverhampton Wanderers finish in the Premier League?

1st - 4th

1st - 4th

5th - 10th

5th - 10th

11th - 15th

11th - 15th

16th - 20th

16th - 20th

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