Wolves journalist Liam Keen has provided an update on Ruben Neves at the club following speculation over his future.
The Portuguese midfielder is very much part of the furniture when it comes to Wolves and their rise to prominence in recent seasons, he was a near-ever-present as they achieved back-to-back 7th-place finishes in the Premier League and played a big part in getting them here in the first place, earning a spot in the EFL Championship Team of the Year in 2017/18.
There were reports this summer though that he could be on his way out of Molineux, with various reports suggesting the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur were showing an interest in taking him away from Molineux, however, nothing came of it.
Speaking about the situation on the E&S Wolves podcast, Keen claimed that there was never really any chance of him leaving as there wasn’t anything official lodged with the club, before going on to explain how that affected the rest of the club’s transfer strategy.
“For Neves, as far as I’m aware, it didn’t get off the ground as much as interest, at least.
“So I think that certainly added to the delay, because had there been something very concrete and something that Wolves had to seriously consider early on, potentially they’d [Neves and Adama Traore] have gone, certainly, and then that money would have been reinvested quickly into one or two additions.
“And because that didn’t happen, they were then left trying to find solutions almost last-minute.”
TIF Thoughts on Liam Keen’s comments about Wolves and Ruben Neves…
Have Wolves had a good transfer window?
It sounds as if the club could have made a few more moves this window if someone else had shown a serious interest in him and submitted a bid big enough for them to accept it.
And whilst Neves is an important player to the club, you can’t help but feel that the club could have done more to try and get him out of the door in order to invest in the rest of the squad – addition by subtraction, as it were.
Wolves weren’t exactly the biggest spenders in the summer, and you can certainly argue that they didn’t address every position that they needed to such as a backup centre-forward for Raul Jimenez, so Wolves have arguably failed when it comes to the window.
You just hope that the decision to hold onto him doesn’t come back to haunt them later in the season.