Wolverhampton Wanderers may have lost 2-1 to Liverpool on Thursday night, but a number of players can hold their heads high after an impressive performance.
Ruben Neves was hailed for shining in midfield, Adama Traore was described as ‘unplayable’ throughout the midweek encounter and Pedro Neto was another player who lit up the stage against difficult opposition.
The 19-year-old boasted the third-best pass completion ratio on the pitch, whipped in numerous crosses over the 90 minutes and frequently dribbled past players to build attacks.
— Ben Doyle (@bendoyle84) January 23, 2020
Traore will get all the plaudits and deservedly so but how much has Neto improved and took his opportunity. Fair play to the young lad, contributed much more then I believe Costa or Cav would have done. Hope Jordao can have a similar impact. #wwfc
— Jamie Walters (@jamiewalters23) January 23, 2020
Neto is such a talent. 19 years old, we all thought he was a favour for Uncle Jorge. Turns out it was a favour. For us. Traore unstoppable yet again. Get Boly back in the defence and we’ll be really motoring. Enjoying the switch to a front two with Neto behind. #wwfc
— Darb (@darbayit) January 23, 2020
Can't fault that performance, esp 2nd half. Liverpool efficient and clinical, not many teams would have punished us like that. A word for Neto. Looked so composed tonight, belongs on the big stage. Gutted, but know #wwfc on the right tracks. Let's hope for a strong end to window.
— Paddy Day (@paddyday90) January 23, 2020
Neto , Raul and Adama looked as fluid a front 3 as we've had. The interchanging with Neto and Adama was great to watch. Nuno knew we'd started to be a bit predictable and has completely removed that notion since half time at Southampton #wwfc
— Kev (@KevSmyth78) January 23, 2020
— Adam (@AJReade) January 23, 2020
Raul Jimenez – no more words to describe how crucial he is to our attack. Always gets a chance and regularly scores it. What a hero. Neto was very good again tonight and great to see Jota back despite his big miss at the end. #WOLLIV #wwfc #wolvesaywe
— Chris Crowther 🐺 (@chriscrowther88) January 23, 2020
Against Liverpool, Neto had 48 touches, won one aerial duel, had one shot, completed 92.9% of his 28 passes, whipped in six crosses, made four successful dribbles and drew two fouls.
The Portuguese u21 international has made 28 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring and creating seven goals. Neto has only racked up 601 minutes of Premier League football, however, as Diogo Jota was previously preferred in attack.
Nevertheless, the teenager’s performance against Liverpool could give Nuno Espirito Santo a selection headache ahead of Wolves’ meeting with Manchester United (February 1).