Gary O’Neil, the boss of Wolverhampton Wanderers, has expressed his admiration for Pedro Neto following his outstanding display in the victory against Bournemouth on Saturday.
All eyes were on Gary O’Neil as he returned to face his former club, Bournemouth, on Saturday. The Cherries took an early lead through Dominic Solanke, but Matheus Cunha equalized for Wolves in the second half. Lewis Cook’s red card shifted the momentum in favor of Wolves, and eventually, O’Neil’s team secured the win.
Sasa Kalajdzic, who came off the bench, scored the winning goal after an assist from Hwang Hee-chan.
This victory must have been particularly satisfying for O’Neil, who was unexpectedly released by Bournemouth over the summer in favor of Andoni Iraola. O’Neil had every reason to be pleased with his attacking players, with Cunha and Kalajdzic finding the net, while Hwang and Pedro Neto provided assists.
Neto has now recorded assists in three consecutive games, accumulating six assists in just nine Premier League matches this season. He has made a strong comeback after struggling with injury issues, and his performance as a Portuguese winger was once again impressive.
In this game, the 23-year-old managed to create four key passes, deliver three accurate crosses, and complete two successful dribbles, contributing significantly to Wolves’ three-point haul.
O’Neil was quick to praise Neto’s versatility, mentioning that they moved him around to exploit Bournemouth’s weaknesses. O’Neil stated, “We tried to find some vulnerabilities to put him up against, and I thought he was excellent once again.”
However, the challenge for Wolves lies in the fact that Neto’s consistent performances are likely to attract even more interest from top European clubs. Reports have suggested that Arsenal is keen on securing Neto as competition for Bukayo Saka, and Liverpool has been scouting him during the international break. As Neto continues to deliver assists and maintain his ‘excellent’ form, the competition for his signature from elite clubs is likely to intensify.
Wolverhampton Wanderers fans can only hope that Neto remains in a Wolves shirt for the foreseeable future, as he continues to dazzle the Molineux faithful throughout this season.”