Let’s talk about one of the most promising midfielders in the Premier League, Wolverhampton’s 22-year old star Ruben Neves.
Ruben Neves was born on 13 March 1997 in Mozelos, Portugal. He joined Porto’s youth academy at the age of eight years old and played through various age categories for the club.
The midfielder made his senior debut on 15 August 2014, scoring a goal in a 2-0 home win against Maritimo. He became the youngest player in Poro’s history to score a goal in the Portuguese Primera Liga.
Neves made his Champions League debut five days later in a qualifying match against Lille, beating Cristiano Ronaldo’s record as the youngest Portuguese player to play in the competition.
Ruben Neves' records at Porto:
Youngest league scorer ⚽️
Youngest starting captain in the Champions League ©
Youngest to reach 50 games 🏃 pic.twitter.com/gSd7VaQVcx
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 8, 2017
The 17-year old at the time easily got into the first team and established himself as one of the most talented players in Europe. In October 2015 he captained Porto in a Champions League game against Maccabi Tel Aviv, becoming the youngest captain in the history of the competition.
In the next month, Ruben Neves made his debut for the Portuguese national team in a 1-0 defeat to Russia in Krasnodar.
He has played 10 games for his country since then but unfortunately did not make the cut for the UEFA Euro 2016 in France, when Portugal went on to win their first ever European crown.
Neves moved to Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers in July 2017, for a club record fee of £15.8 million, as part of Nuno Espirito Santo’s Portuguese revolution at the Molineux.
In his first season, the youngster helped the Wolves to secure promotion to top-flight English football in comfortable fashion, winning 99 points in the league.
He won the Championship Player of the Year award, missing only four games, all of them through suspension in the 2017-18 campaign.
Neves naturally plays as a holding midfielder, as he possesses amazing ball control and excellent distribution.
The midfielder is known for his ability to score sensational goals from the long-distance, while his stunner against Derby County in the Championship last campaign was voted as the EFL Goal of the Season.
👏 Ruben Neves won the EFL Goal of the Year award for this truly exceptional strike against Derby County in the Championship last season – is anybody surprised?!pic.twitter.com/DefxoibhwW
— TugaScout (@TugaScoutPT) April 8, 2019
Amazingly, Ruben Neves scored more league goals from outside the penalty area (6), than he had touches inside the opposition penalty box (only 3) in his first season at Wolverhampton.
During the 2018-19 campaign, the Portuguese has played a vital role in Wolves’ run to the semi-finals of the FA Cup. They are also fighting for a top half finish in the Premier League, as they currently sit in the tenth place on the league table.
Neves has already been linked with a move to English champions Manchester City, as Pep Guardiola sees him as a long term replacement for Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho, according to the reports.