Nuno Espirito Santo puts Pedro Neto’s sensational form down to the trust that has been placed in him at Wolverhampton Wanderers this season.
Neto, a summer signing from Lazio in 2019, spent the majority of his first campaign at Molineux as a substitute but he’s become a mainstay in Nuno’s starting XI this term.
The 20-year-old is earning rave reviews for his performances and it was his cross which led to Romain Saiss heading home to give Wolves a point against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday night.
Neto has seven goal contributions in his opening 15 matches and is Wolves’ main supply line now that Raul Jimenez is on the sidelines.
Asked what he believes is behind Neto’s stunning series of performances, Nuno said: “He’s playing every game. He’s working really hard. In the last season he started a lot in the second half of the season.
“He understood the dimension and the competition of the Premier League, how hard it is and how physical it is.
“He’s reading the actions better and we expect him to sustain it. He is a versatile player also, he can play on both sides of the attack.”
For the third game in succession Wolves scored in the final 10 minutes with Saiss’s equaliser coming in the 86th minute at Molineux.
Wolves have developed a habit of netting late goals over the past few seasons and despite their ongoing transition, it hasn’t deserted them.
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“It’s a mix of everything,” Nuno said of Wolves’ ability to strike late. “It is not only to do with fitness, it’s to do with belief and the spirit of the boys. After the first minute when we conceded, every action of our play was good.
“Even in the last minute we had a good chance and the boys kept going.”