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.
Nuno must’ve been saving Neves as he was fantastic tonight #wwfc
— ᗩᑎᗪY (@AnnoDomini79) February 14, 2020
Neves was an absolute baller tonight on a lighter note #wwfc
— Ollie Richings (@OllieRichings) February 14, 2020
Wolves vs Leicester
— Jamie Walters (@jamiewalters23) February 14, 2020
Thought we might lose tonight, so not terrible, but feel the game was there for the taking. We need to be more clinical, especially against 10 men.
— Tim Rigby 🐺🐺🐺 (@newbridge_wolf) February 14, 2020
Not clinical enough and opportunity missed as per usual. Neves top drawer. On to Thursday #wwfc
— James Batham (@JMTB_86) February 14, 2020
A little wasteful tonight. Raul had two amazing headed chances which he should have buried. Adama made a difference coming on. Neves looks in great form right now which is pleasing to see. Giving Moutinho an extended rest is helpful ahead of the busy schedule too. #WOLLEI #wwfc
— Chris Crowther 🐺 (@chriscrowther88) February 14, 2020
— 🔶⚫️ Stourbridge Wolves (@troutbeckwolf) February 14, 2020
— Bradley Parker (@parker_bradley) February 14, 2020
Defended well & controlled the game. 2 clean sheets in Bolys first 2 games back is no coincidence. Much better point for LeicestVAR than it was for us. No idea why Adama wasn't on from the start but Raul really should have buried 1 of the headers today. Jonny & Neves superb #wwfc
— Zackary Haynes (@zhaynes93) February 14, 2020
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.