Bully: Watford win a statement of real intent from Wolves
Ruben Neves is back in the spotlight after a couple of stellar displays for Wolves – and rightly so.
For a fair few, his wonderful assist at Watford and fantastic free-kick against Arsenal marked the Portuguese midfielder’s return to form.
For me though, he never lost a step. Neves is the same quality player he has always been for us.
He has just been a victim of playing in a more reserved role in the Premier League.
The fact he has been deeper and doing more of the nitty-gritty has allowed Joao Moutinho to shine in the final third instead with his silky skills.
But Neves is just a class player who should never be underestimated.
Hornets goalkeeper Ben Foster understated his skill by saying he only ‘lumped it’ up the pitch for Diogo Jota to finish on the volley for last weekend’s winner.
Make no mistake, it was a brilliant pass and a fine example of Neves’s vision.
Paul Cook was the same in my day, seeing a pass and executing it to perfection.
That victory at Vicarage Road was sweet, with Jota and Raul Jimenez a sheer joy to watch yet again.
They wanted to go and right a wrong after disappointment in the FA Cup semi-final, and they did so with a great display against Javi Gracia’s charges.
It was a big statement. We fully declared we want seventh, so let’s go a step closer to sealing it today by beating Fulham at Molineux.
It is our last home game of what has been a superb season, and I am sure the atmosphere will be top-drawer.
But I think we are in for a tough game. The Cottagers have won their last three – not being under any pressure after relegation back to the Championship was confirmed.
Our struggles against the bottom six are well documented – 11 points from a possible 33 – as well.
So, let’s hope we can finish in style at Molineux by grabbing a massive win in our quest for seventh.
And, if we do, let’s carry on in the same vein against those scrapping at the bottom of the Premier League next term.