Wolves’ Pedro Neto back in Braga and ready to fulfil his potential
What a year Wolves are having. They go into their match against Braga sitting in the Premier League and realizing that one stage in Portugal will soon likely be sufficient to secure qualification for the knockout phases of this Europa League having a game.
After an embarrassing start that found the facet of Nuno Espirito Santo don’t win any of the first six Premier League games, it’s been a remarkable turnaround. Particularly signings simply peripheral characters far.
A # 16m acquisition from AC Milan, patrick Cutrone, has scored two or three goals. Jesus Vallejo, a loan signing from Real Madrid, has fought so badly he has seen himself out of their group in recent months even to Willy Boly.
Perhaps the pick of the newest arrivals has been Portuguese teenager Pedro Neto who combined from Lazio just before the transfer window closed. In a string of substitute appearances, he’s shown glimpses of skill and his speed Considering scoring on his debut in August.
Together with the fixture list becoming increasingly congested, he will be needed by Nuno at the coming weeks along with the trip to Braga is a huge one for Neto personally. The winger is taken by it back into the club where it all began. A club that is well conscious of his enormous potential.
Braga U23 coach Jose Carvalho Araujo remembers the first time that he clapped eyes to the player who would continue to become one among the academy’s most precious assets.
“Pedro is an intriguing case,” Araujo tells Sky Sports.
“At the time, I was coaching the younger age classes and we also did the scouting work for Braga. Every trainer had to watch games. I was watching he captained an U15 group, also a match in Viana do Castelo, a local city to Braga but he was only 13.
“He was remarkable at that time. He had these amazing skills and this amazing capability if he was attacking. He wasn’t so great defensively but he was just two years younger than everyone else and he was the star of the group.”
What stood out most for Araujo was not his ability but his mentality.
“The speed with and without the ball is an remarkable thing that he had and has, obviously. Technically he is good. But is the psychological part. He was this will to be successful but a little kid with skill.
“He was younger than the others but it was no issue for him. He could play against any group. He played as if he played in the back of his residence. That was odd. He had this passion for the sport. He just needs to play.
“Once I was U19 trainer, we invited him to depart the U17 side and come and play for all of us. Subsequently the B group picked him and before the close of the season he was in the first team.”
Neto was not only in the group – netting on his league debut for Braga in a win over Nacional two weeks after his 17th birthday. “It was as if he was playing with his own age category,” marvels Araujo. “It was astonishing. Nothing fazed him.
“Obviously, you must possess the ability, the intensity, the speed, the decision-making, however there are other children in our academy that have those things. They lack this mentality. Pedro has demonstrated that at every second. This makes him very different. He’s extremely confident.”
That mentality has been needed by neto. As opposed to hone his skills with creating an impact in Serie 27, he had been sold to Lazio in the summer of 2017 and tasked. It was a test that is challenging and chances were limited. The hope is that the experience didn’t measure his confidence.
“A participant needs to feel in themselves otherwise one bad match can knock them off the ideal path,” says Araujo. “That feeling that he can have success in a higher level is very important. You will not make the sacrifices 15, if you don’t believe in yourself. He believes”
There is a sense too that a much better fit is represented by his current club. The Wolves squad is packed by the adventure of Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho to breakthrough celebrities such as Diogo Jota and Ruben Neves in Addition to kid Ruben Vinagre.
Most importantly there is Nuno. although the group did battle after Neto was substituted at a Carabao Cup match against Aston Villa then the explanation to their argument that is heated , captured on the tv cameras, was still an intriguing one.
Neto had received a nudge in the end of a surging run when substituted after, Nuno disclosed that the youngster had suggested he should have dived and into the Villa penalty box. The supervisor educated him in no uncertain terms that this wasn’t the manner.
English soccer will toughen up Neto. However he’s the right manager.
“I think Wolves are a very great Premier League club for him,” adds Araujo. “The kind of play can help him I believe he has all the quality needed to have success there.”
There’ll be opportunities also, particularly following the change back into your 3-4-3 system. Neto is capable of deputising for Jota or even Adama Traore in the broad forwards roles and he will hope that his second chance comes in Braga on Thursday evening.
What’s certain is that he can be certain of seeing a friendly face or two.
“nobody will forget he scored that goal in his introduction,” says Araujo. “We find him Braga boy and feel we helped him to get where he is currently. We also got him a lot of cash, he’s one of our most significant prices, so that he didn’t depart in a way that was poor. It was great for everyone.
“I think that he will have a great reception.”
The good news for Wolves is that Pedro Neto’s best is yet to come.