Rúben Neves sets the gold standard for Wolves grander designs

Portuguese midfielder stamps his class on promoted side’s Premier League return but 10-man Everton expose defensive shortcomings in 2-2 drawAs Wolverhampton Wanderers walked out to a reception of fireworks, billowing smoke and 28,000 or so frenetically waving flags, it would have taken a particularly studied mind to mark contrasts with the previous time Molineux had hosted a Premier League fixture. Back then, in May 2012, Everton happened to be the opponents too; there were certainly no pyrotechnics to greet a side already relegated but a goalless draw brought certain comfort to those of sanguine disposition. “If we couldn’t win then we wanted to take something from the game,” said the then-caretaker manager Terry Connor, long since a dead man walking during Wolves’ slide. Related: Wolves’ Raúl Jiménez pegs back 10-man Everton after Richarlison’s double Continue reading...