Former Wolverhampton Wanderers loan star Vitinha dominated FC Porto’s league match against Pacos de Ferreira.
Playing at the Estadio do Dragao, the 21-year-old was at the heart of everything Sergio Conceicao’s side conjured up and helped his team to a 2-1 victory, which ensured they closed the gap on Benfica to just one point, after the league leaders surprisingly lost at home to Portimonense.
Wolves declined the opportunity to sign Vitinha on a permanent deal following the end of his loan spell last season.
He wasn’t afforded too many chances by then Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, and eventually club officials decided not to fork out the £17 million required.
Vitinha – star of the show
Making his third straight Liga NOS start, the midfielder was eager to lift the club’s mood after being on the receiving end of a 5-1 midweek mauling against Liverpool in the Champions League.
The Portuguese under-21 international dominated against Pacos de Ferreira and controlled the tempo of the match.
He had 125 touches, which was 35 more than the second highest on the pitch, and completed 79 out of his 84 attempted passes (94%).
He had four shots on goal and registered four key passes, both of which were the joint-highest on the pitch (WhoScored).
The midfielder also completed the joint-most dribbles (5), but he also showed his willingness to work hard for his team and win the ball back.
Vitinha made four interceptions which again was the highest in the game and blocked one shot.
It was an all-conquering midfield masterclass from Vitinha, something that we didn’t get to see enough of during his time in the Black Country.
After going back to Porto, it looks like his parent club are reaping the rewards for placing their trust in the youngster.
If Vitinha continues to regularly dominate matches in this vein, then current Wolves head coach Bruno Lage might be tempted to try and bring his compatriot back to Molineux for a second spell.