Express & Star journalist Luke Hatfield believes that Ruben Neves is better off in a more advanced role for Wolves.
The £37.8m-rated 24-year-old has predominantly played as a defensive midfielder throughout his career, making just shy of 200 appearances in that position but has featured as both a central midfielder and attacking midfielder also.
Hatfield wants to see Neves play in more of an advanced role when Wolves return after the international break, telling This is Futbol: “He’s kind of in that midfield role where he’s asked to kind of go forwards and backwards and try and do a bit of everything but also, chip in defensively. For me, he’s always better off in a more advanced role where he can shoot at goal from distance.”
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Neves was linked with a move away from Molineux during the summer, with the Daily Mail reporting that Wolves were bracing themselves for an offer from Arsenal but the Portugal international stayed with the Midlands outfit beyond the August 31 deadline.
During the transfer window former Wolves player Dave Edwards believed it was vitally important that the club kept hold of Neves, telling the Express & Star:
Neves and Pedro Neto finished as Wolves’ joint top scorers in the Premier League last campaign with five goals apiece to help the club to a 13th place finish and whilst it’s his first season in charge of Wolves, you would imagine that Bruno Lage will want to improve on that this term.