Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho is desperate to land highly-rated Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder, Ruben Neves as he looks to stamp his authority on the squad he has inherited.
Ruben Neves has displayed class and form in his two seasons in the Premier League with Wolves having led the side to the Championship title in the year 2018. His performances have kept big clubs on high alert and there are expected to be multiple enquiries for his services.
The Portuguese midfielder is rated at over £50 million by Wolves currently after featuring in a total of 125 appearances for them over the past three seasons as per the Sun. This clearly speaks a lot about the evolution of Ruben Neves since he signed for Wolves just at £15.8m from Porto in 2017.
With Neves’ agent already hinting towards a move to the north Londoners, Mourinho’s admiration and connection with his Portuguese compatriot could go a long way in facilitating any possible deal.
Ruben Neves: A smashing move by Mourinho?
If Mourinho manages to secure Neves’ signature, it would add another technically gifted player alongside Giovani Lo Celso in midfield. Ruben Neves is a brilliant defensive midfielder who can control the tempo of the game with ease unlike Eric Dier and Harry Winks who have both failed to put in consistent displays ever since their respective initial seasons.
Last summer signing Tanguy Ndombele has had a rocky start at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium and Jose does not seem to be convinced of his ability to dominate the midfield. As Mourinho’s choices in that area have not been consistent, Neves’s potential arrival could make a huge difference with his tremendous ability to intercept the ball and initiate counter-attacks.
The Portuguese midfielder also likes to play long balls and is versatile which will hand Mourinho the option to play him alongside Giovani Lo Celso forming a creative and balanced midfield which will also compensate for the exit of Christian Eriksen.
Goalscorers like Heung-Min Son, Harry Kane, Lucas Moura, and Eric Lamela will not be starved of service and will relish playing with a more dynamic and proactive midfield linking up with them.
Apart from his dominant traits in the midfield, the former Porto man likes to try his luck from long range and some of them end up rippling the top corners of the net.
Also, since the departure of Kieran Trippier, Spurs have lacked a set-piece specialist, and Neves, a brilliant one, could put an end to the concern. Overall, Neves could be the one turning the fortunes of the football club and would help Mourinho in his bid to win his first trophy with his new set of players.