By Noel Whelan

5th Mar, 2022 | 9:42am

Pedro Neto: Pundit issues 'massive' Wolves 'new signing' verdict

Pedro Neto can “make the difference” for Wolves and should start in today’s clash against Crystal Palace, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Molineux club “can’t afford” to hold the 21-year-old back as they look to keep their European dream alive.

Neto has made substitute appearances in Wolves’ last three league meetings as he ramps up his return from 10 months out with a fractured kneecap.

The Midlands side face mid-table Crystal Palace today (5 March) as they look to rescue their European dream after two straight defeats against West Ham and Arsenal.

Bruno Lage’s side sit seven points adrift of fourth-place Man United with a game in hand.

Whelan claimed Neto could be like a “new signing” for Wolves upon his full return.

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“I think it’s a massive bonus to have him back,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“Just like Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford coming back for Leeds, he’s so important to that Wolves side because he’s a player with so much quality.

“When they come back it’s like a new signing. When you’re in the Premier League and you’re chasing Europe, Wolves can’t afford not to give minutes to a player like him.

“He’s built his minutes and fitness up over the past weeks, and once you get him fit and firing – he’s another player who can make the difference in these types of games.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if he started, especially with the importance of the games coming up.

“Wolves are going under the radar in this European race, but they’re very well organised and they’ll be quietly confident.”

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