Neto: 'It’s been easy to play for Nuno'

Pedro Neto believes Nuno Espirito Santo has been a major influence in the progression he has made as a professional football since arriving at Wolves last summer.

The Portuguese winger, who was expected to be integrated gradually into the first-team set-up at Molineux, has shone in his inaugural season in English football, scoring four times in 35 appearances, but Neto puts his performances down to the ease of playing for his head coach.

On his relationship with Nuno

“It is easy to play for him because he trusts in his players, he’s a very good manager, he encourages the players to give all that they have, and it’s been easy to play for him.

“I think that from outside you can see a little bit like what he is, but from inside you can see that he’s an amazing coach because the work that the team has been doing is almost the mirror of what he is.

“A lot of what I have been doing is from my work, but it’s also from the coaching that he gives me.

“When I arrived here, I don’t think a lot of people expected me to be doing what I am doing and this is of course about my work, but it’s a lot about the coaching and confidence he has given me.”

On the ability in the Wolves squad

“When I arrived, I didn’t know how strong Wolves were. I saw what they had done last season and I knew the quality of the Portuguese players, but I didn’t know the quality of the other players who were here.

“I was surprised, because we have some very good quality and we are still showing that. We are doing great work playing game by game and now we will see what we can do.

“This season isn’t finished, and we will keep doing what we were doing – we will play game by game and then we will see what we have.”

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On taking a break from VAR

“It is good to have this break from VAR. For me it’s been two that I have scored, against Liverpool and Manchester United, but I was also involved in one against Leicester too that was in a corner, so that one was a little bit difficult.

“My teammates started joking that when we score a goal that I am involved in, don’t celebrate because we have to wait for the decision of the VAR!”