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Flop or thrive… How will Wolves’ record signing get on next season?



Wolverhampton Wanderers are making serious waves in English football this summer, and recently smashed the Championship transfer record to bring top Portuguese prospect Ruben Neves to the Black Country.

The 20-year-old international is regarded in his homeland and across the continent as one of the brightest young talents in the European game, and holds the envious record of being the youngest ever captain in the Champions League.

Neves had been at Portuguese giants Porto since the age of 8, and moving from the club 12 years later will have been a difficult decision for both club and player.

Many Porto fans will question the move, and wonder why their young star has swapped Champions league football for cold Tuesday nights in Bolton.

Some may say the ambition of the project has attracted the youngster, others may say the possibility of impressing the Premier League big boys.

Ultimately though it is surely money that has spoken, and Neves is undoubtedly on a serious wage at Wolves.

Things can be one of two ways for Neves next season.

The Championship is a completely different ball game to the Portuguese league, and the quality of teams outside of the top three of Benfica, Porto and Sporting Lisbon will represent a significantly upgraded challenge to the likes of Belenenses and Chaves.

Neves will be given less time on the ball to pick a pass, and will more than likely have to adjust his game to the competitive demands of the second tier.

Homesickness and the missing of familiar surroundings have affected players far more experienced than Neves, and the 20-year-old may struggle to adapt to life in Wolverhampton after spending his entire career in the beautiful Portuguese city of Porto.

On the flip side, Neves may take to English football like a duck to water, and a year of astounding performances could take Wolves up, or earn the player another big money move to a top English or European outfit.

Neves certainly has shown the ability and potential to be a global star in the early stages of his career, and many will question whether this can be achieved at Wolves.

Ambitious, big spending owners may take the club up, but perhaps this is a stepping stone to another move.

Only time will tell how Neves will take to the English game, but at least as fans of the Championship, we can all bask in the glory of the quality stars set to be on show in the division next season.

How do you think Neves will adapt to the Championship? Let us know in the comments below!

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Flop or thrive… How will Wolves’ record signing get on next season?

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