Wolves: Hugo Bueno starred vs Fulham

Wolverhampton Wanderers picked up a valuable point in their battle against relegation on Friday night as they earned a 1-1 draw against Fulham at Craven Cottage, with Hugo Bueno impressing for the visitors.

Julen Lopetegui‘s side looked far superior to their hosts in the first half and took a deserved lead when Pablo Sarabia fired to the net after Raul Jimenez’s header found him inside the penalty box.

However, the Cottagers earned a point when substitute Manor Solomon curled in a delightful equaliser in the second half, while Jose Sa produced a great save late on to deny Carlos Vinicius.

Why was Bueno Wolves’ star performer against Fulham?

While Sarabia and Ruben Neves produced excellent displays in Wolves’ midfield, earning 7.8/10 and 7.6/10 ratings from Sofascore respectively, Bueno was arguably the standout performer at Craven Cottage.

Although Sofascore awarded him a modest 6.6/10 rating for his performance, he was a constant menace on the left flank, regularly causing problems by getting forward, while he also did well defensively and was perhaps unlucky not to come away with a clean sheet after Solomon’s wonder goal.

During his 90 minutes on the pitch, the 20-year-old completed 32 passes, a small increase on the 27 that he has averaged per Premier League match so far this term. He was also successful with three dribbles, far exceeding his seasonal average of 0.8 per game.

Was Bueno Wolves’ best player vs Fulham?





Bueno’s one interception and three fouls at Craven Cottage showed that he is not afraid to get stuck in, and again these figures were an increase on the 0.6 interceptions and 0.4 fouls he has committed per top-flight game in 2022/23.

While the figures don’t suggest that Bueno was at the very top of his game against Fulham, the eye test suggested differently. Jamie Carragher certainly agreed, as he awarded the young defender the man of the match award on Sky Sports’ coverage of the game.

The former Liverpool man also suggested in commentary during the game that the Portuguese full-back was “causing problems” for Fulham all night with his ventures forward, claiming that he was arguably Wolves’ “best attacker” in the second 45.

Neves might have been central to much of Wolves’ strong play, particularly in the first half, but that is to be expected from the talismanic midfielder who has been his team’s best performer of the season (as per WhoScored), whereas Bueno’s emergence as a first-team player has been one of the highlights in a disappointing season for the Old Gold.

Therefore, the academy graduate deserves all the praise he gets after another very promising display at Craven Cottage.