By Daniel Feliciano

11th Mar, 2022 | 4:00pm

Wolves: New contract shows Pedro Neto is the new leader of the pack for Molineux next stage

It’s fair to say that Wolves have become the fashionable home for any young, Portuguese talent to join and spread their wings.

It’s been the case since Ruben Neves joined back in 2017 having been Porto’s youngest ever captain in the Champions League, as he moved to the Championship outfit for regular football at the age of 19.

Since then a flood of talent has joined, including the likes of Vitinha, Fabio Silva and Pedro Neto, who has arguably been the best of the lot.

Neto, who turned 22 earlier this week, celebrated his birthday by signing a new five-year deal at the club having spent much of the last year recovering from a serious knee injury.

He’s come back and still looks as sharp as ever. He dribbles like he’s wearing ice skates on frozen water, has agility to make defenders spin and has a great ability to score goals with either foot and be a nuisance despite his diminutive size.

At just 5ft 8’ tall, it was expected he would struggle with the physical demands of England’s top flight but that couldn’t be further from the case.

He’s become a key member of the Wolves attack, forming an excellent partnership with hitman Raul Jimenez and fellow winger Daniel Podence, with performances that have earned him plaudits and comparisons to Chelsea legend Eden Hazard.

As Wolves push on and look for a Premier League highest finish inside the European places this season, they have made their decision on who the leader of that push into the next stage will be.

If reports are to be believed Neves will likely leave for a top club in the near future, while Joao Moutinho enters the twilight of his career. Jimenez is not the player he once was following his severe head injury and Podence, while impressive, hasn’t been consistent enough.

The new contract tells you exactly what Wolves’ thinking is. Neto is the man, the leader of the pack if you will, that the club has chosen to take them forward into the next stage of their process in becoming a force in English football.

Signing shows his commitment, and with the potential that he has and the improvement he has shown even since his injury, the future is golden at the Molineux.

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