Wolverhampton Wanderers ace Ruben Vinagre has ‘great potential’ in the eyes of his former loan manager Pedro Martins.

The wing-back is currently having a much better time of things at Farmalicao, where he’s been since January.

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Vinagre, 22, started off the current campaign at Olympiacos, but ended up making just four appearances for the Greek giants.

Their manager Martins has been speaking about the Wolves player amid his turnaround at Farmalicao.

He told Canal 11 (via Record): “I have always seen great potential and the ability to be a fullback at the national team. That’s what I hope for.

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“He arrived a little late. We had started the league and he arrived from the national team and from Wolverhampton with an injury.

“For two months he was unable to work. He had a hard time imposing himself. He didn’t go well for the adaptation, but above all for the injury.”

 

Vinagre’s improvements in 2021 have reportedly to interest from Benfica.

And it’s been claimed Wolves would be willing to sell for a fee in the region of £13 million (Record).

Wolves must watch Vinagre carefully from here

Vinagre is definitely in a much better environment now, and is now being allowed to show what he can do.

It is in Wolves’ interests to pay close attention to how he finishes the campaign compared to Rayan Ait-Nouri.

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The club will need to take a decision on the Frenchman at the end of his loan, with the Express & Star having reported a £20 million buy option.

Should Vinagre impress enough and Ait-Nouri struggle, the former could well be brought back into the fold at Molineux.

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