Winning both the Fans’ and Players’ Player of the Season awards, Ruben Neves was one of the stand-out players for Wolves as they stormed to the Championship title. Now, inevitably, big clubs are circling. Wolves have a decision to make.
Over the course of the season, Liverpool, AC Milan, and Manchester United have all been linked to the 21-year-old. At present, the club would be looking at accepting only a massive fee. Wolves could hold onto him through the window, but, if his form holds in the Premier League, he will almost certainly go the following year for an increased sum. So whether or not to let him go depends on whether or not he can make it in the Premier League. Some clubs may baulk at paying say £30 million for a player who has only played one full season. Yet should Neves make waves next season, that price will skyrocket.
There is a risk that he could be a one season wonder. He is still young and could buckle under the pressure that the extra attention of playing in the top flight brings. However, there is little to suggest this. Neves’ attributes suggest that he will thrive. His ability to break up play, as well as to beat players, show abilities that will stand him in good stead at any level. Yet even if it takes him a season to find his feet in the Premier League, Wolves would not lose out by keeping hold of him. Too talented of a player to not come good eventually, he will reward Wolves for their trust in him.