Nuno Espirito Santo has heaped praise on Wolves winger Pedro Neto ahead of tonight’s clash with Leeds — but still wants more consistency from the youngster.
Neto, 20, scored a brilliant winner in his side’s 2-1 victory at Southampton last weekend and continues to attract plaudits for his displays.
Wolves have picked up seven points from their past three games after going eight without a victory and Nuno, 47, believes his fellow Portuguese (pictured above) has been instrumental in the team’s change of fortune.
He said: “I’m very pleased with him because he’s always committed to the training sessions, committed to the games, committed to the process of learning and improving.
“His dedication makes me very pleased. Pedro is producing good things but he still has to reach that consistency in his game — game after game.”
Despite their good results, Nuno wants Wolves to kick on as they look to reach the heights of the past two seasons, when they secured back-to-back seventh-placed finishes.
He added: “We are always trying to improve, trying to reach our best performances by playing good and being consistent — and working hard to achieve that.
“We are lacking a lot of things we are trying to search for in games.
“We’ve been able to improve some aspects of our defensive organisation but not yet the full perfection. There’s still a lot of mistakes we make in games that we want to try to avoid.”
While Leeds have struggled for consistency since earning promotion to the Premier League, they do sit two points and one place above Wolves in 11th.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side lost 4-2 at Arsenal last weekend and the Argentine is concerned by his side’s leaky defence, with only West Brom conceding more this campaign.
Bielsa, 65, said: “Of course I’m worried by the amount of goals we are conceding.
“As we go resolving certain problems, other problems start to appear, but I don’t lose sight of trying to make a correct analysis of what actually happened.”
Daniel Podence (groin) and Willy Boly (thigh) remain absent for Wolves, while Mateusz Klich (hip) and Diego Llorente (muscle) will return for Leeds — but Kalvin Phillips (calf) and Rodrigo (groin) are unavailable.
Did you know?
Wolves have won each of their last four league games against Leeds. They last had a longer winning run against them in the league between February 1958 and April 1960.
The hosts are looking to win back-to-back league matches for the first time since October, with the second game in that run coming at Elland Road.
Neto has scored five goals and assisted four this season. Should he get an assist tonight, he will be the first player younger than 21 to both score and assist five goals in a Premier League season since Marcus Rashford in 2017-18.
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