Former Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Glenn Hoddle has recently made a claim regarding the future of Portuguese attacker Pedro Neto.
The 20-year-old forward has been situated at Molineux since Nuno Espirito Santo’s side forked out £16.11m to seal his arrival from Serie A outfit Lazio in the summer of 2019 (per Transfermarkt).
Since then, Neto’s value has rocketed from £2.25m in June 2019 to a whopping £24.3m today, according to Transfermarkt.
Wolves’ Portuguese winger’s key strengths are supposedly his crossing, the ability to make key passes, taking set-pieces and holding on to the ball (per WhoScored).
During the latest episode of The Glenn Hoddle Footy Show, though, the Old Gold’s former manager claimed that Neto had a big future away from Molineux.
He said: “Wolves have got the lad Neto, at 20 years of age – he’s going to be bought by one of the top clubs, there’s no doubt about it. Now, he would advance a lot of teams.”
Hoddle later continued: “I think Neto, for 20 years of age, is going to be some player. If you buy Neto – Wolves fans won’t like me for saying it – but he’s such a good player.
“He looks and plays so mature, he’s got a turn of pace, he can score goals and he can create and he works hard. His understanding of the game and his ability is just going to get better.
“By the time he’s 24/25, he’s going to be absolutely at his peak, and he’s going to be a major asset to whatever team or wherever he’s playing at that time.”
TIF Thoughts on what Glenn Hoddle said about Pedro Neto…
As can be seen in what the former Wolves manager had to say, he believes that Neto will be a “major asset” to whichever club he is with by his mid-20s.
While that sounds positive for the Old Gold, Hoddle also seems certain that by that time the winger will be with “one of the top clubs” away from Molineux.
Will Pedro Neto outgrow Wolves in the future?
Yes, he's a class player
No, he's not that good
Certainly, it is hard to argue against what Hoddle had to say regarding the youngster’s talent as he has been the best-performing player in Wolves’ squad in the league this season (per WhoScored).
Perhaps some consolation for Old Gold fans may be the fact that with his market value already over £8m more than what Wolves paid for Neto, they would likely get a healthy fee should he leave the club.