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Is This 19 Y/O Portuguese Defender Good Enough To Start For Wolves?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have been one of the most impressive teams in the Premier League so far with just one defeat to their name after eight league matches. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have managed to make a fantastic start to this campaign, and most of their recent success has been down to their solid defensive capabilities.

The Wolves backline has let in just six goals during this season which is the third-best defensive record in the English top-flight. The West Midlands club’s back three comprised of Ryan Bennett, Conor Coady, and Willy Boly have been sensational so far while the wingbacks, Matt Doherty, and Jonny Castro Otto have stolen the show with some man of the match displays between them this season.

The incredible form of Jonny has kept Ruben Vinagre out of the Wolves’ first-team. The Portuguese left-back arrived from AS Monaco earlier this summer and is still adjusting to life in the Premier League. He has taken part in just five matches for Wolves this season in all competitions with most of his appearances coming from the bench.

What Does Vinagre Add To The Wolves Team?

Vinagre is blessed with blistering pace and is a good dribbler with the ball down the left flank. The Portuguese youngster is also a capable defender in his own half as attackers can hardly beat him in 1v1 situations.

However, he lacks the composure to link up play well under pressure while his shooting skills also needs to improve. Moreover, the Wolves full-back requires to work on his upper strength if he hopes to prove himself in the top tier of England.

Is The Portuguese Starlet Good Enough For A Regular Starting Place In Nuno Santo’s First-Team?

At the tender age of 19, he still has a lot to learn and add to his game before he can take the step up to playing Premier League football on a weekly basis. For now, the Portuguese prospect needs to work hard and learn from Nuno Santo so that he can fulfil his massive potential and develop into a future star in English football.

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