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One to watch: Ruben Neves dominates for Wolves in draw vs Everton

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One to watch: Ruben Neves dominates for Wolves in draw vs Everton

The Portugal star was a stand-out performer at the Molineux.

Premier League teams are soon going to learn that you simply cannot allow Ruben Neves to raise his eyes after he played a key role in helping Wolves to a come-from-behind 2-2 draw with Everton.

Yesterday, Everton did not have the luxury of being able to close the Portuguese midfielder down after Phil Jagielka was sent off in the first-half.

From that moment forward, Neves used his ridiculous ability to pick out glorious passes in a varied manner.

Whether it be the sweeping cross-field ball to spread the play, recycling possession in defence or splitting the lines through midfield – the 21-year-old did it.

He completed 78 of his 93 passes in the end, also completing a fabulous 10 of his 15 long ball attempts.

Neves’ role was instrumental in calming down a Wolves team reeling after Richarlison twice put Everton ahead – and this showed in the statistics, given he had more touches of the ball than any other players on the pitch (111).

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Not only that, he was directly involved in both the goals that dragged Wolves to an eventual 2-2 draw.

He scored the first, showing once again how dangerous he is from direct free-kicks.

This one, 20 yards from goal, suited the right-footed Neves as he curled the ball out of Jordan Pickford’s reach into the top corner.

It was his seventh goal for Wolves, all seven of which have come from outside the penalty box.

The Portuguese international then set-up the second.

In this instance, Everton allowed him far too much space near the corner of the penalty area, giving Neves time to pick out a smart back-post run from Raúl Jiménez.

The perfectly weighted cross reached Jiménez in stride, allowing him to use the pace of the ball to head home.

While Wolves would have hoped for all three points after playing for most of the game with a man advantage, Neves could not have started the season any more brightly.

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