Shearer says ‘young superstar’ Pedro Neto will be crucial if Wolves are to move up the Premier League

Nathaniel Kay February 15, 2021
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Alan Shearer heralded Pedro Neto’s importance after his goal secured victory for Wolverhampton Wanderers over Southampton yesterday, speaking to Amazon Prime.

Wolves came from behind to strike twice in the second half, having gone behind thanks to a delightful Danny Ings volley.

Ruben Neves dispatched a debatably awarded penalty before Neto concluded the comeback with a terrific solo effort shortly after the hour mark

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side really turned it around after a disappointing opening 45 minutes where they struggled to create any opportunities.


Shearer sees superstar potential in Pedro Neto

Shearer was surprised by Wolves’ lack of bite but did believe with their Portuguese prodigy performing regularly, they would steadily move up the Premier League.

“When you look at (Adama) Traore, when you look at Neto, when you look at their defensive work, Neves in the midfield. They’ve got quality,” said the legendary striker.

“The worry that we had, particularly at half time and what has been happening for the past couple of months, is where’s that threat in the box.

“They had a little bit of luck with the penalty but they also had a piece of brilliance from a young, potential superstar in Neto and if can continue to do that, then yes, they can climb the table.”

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Pedro performs

Neto has arguably been the best player in a Wolves squad who have generally underperformed this season.

He is the top scorer with just five goals, followed closely by Neves and Raul Jimenez.

This proves how lacklustre they’ve been as a whole considering that the Mexican has been out since the end of November having suffered a fractured skull against Arsenal.

Jimenez’s absence heightened the responsibility onto the shoulders of Neto and Wolves’ other creative forces.

Neto needed all the time

Although his goalscoring figures aren’t in the same elk, the 20-year-old’s all-around contributions have been of significant importance.

No player has made more appearances in the golden jersey than Neto, 28 in total.

Only captain Conor Coady and Rui Patricio have amassed more league minutes this campaign than the former Braga winger.

Wolves climbed above Southampton with that win by the coast and will hope they can continue to sail up the league with Pedro Neto steering the ship.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.