Wolves captain Conor Coady has admitted he fears Ruben Neves is failing to live up to the demands of English football.
Speaking on the In the Stiffs podcastCoady shared a story from Neves’ first pre-season friendly at Shrewsbury, where Wolves lost under Nuno Espirito Santo.
But of course he admitted that Neves continued to eat his words and he is now such a vital player for Wolves.
“Remember we were tonk by Shrewsbury, right? I came from Austria and was beaten. I remember Ruben Neves came out injured,” Coady said.
“Honestly, I remember thinking to myself, ‘this guy?’ I can say this now because he’s one of my best buds but Shrewsbury hit you and Ruben got run over.
“It was his first game and I thought [is English football going to be for him?] It’s a natural thing to think about. I ate my words, though. What a player.
Players coming from other leagues still fear they won’t be able to meet the demands of English football.
But Neves has too many qualities for that and has added fighting qualities and energy to his technical gifts to become an outstanding midfielder.
He is having another outstanding season and has taken his game to a new level under Bruno Lage. Long may it continue.
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