Portuguese journalist shares what Porto fans felt about Vitinha's struggles at Wolves
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Portuguese journalist shares what Porto fans felt about Vitinha's struggles at Wolves

Wolves could potentially be left to rue not signing Vitinha when the club had the chance.

The maestro spent the 2021/22 season on loan at Molineux, but the youngster struggled for minutes.

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Nuno Espirito Santo preferred to use the likes of Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker ahead of him.

Ultimately, Vitinha made just 22 appearances for Wanderers.

The club held the option to buy the star for £17 million, but officials decided he hadn’t really shown enough.

He subsequently headed back to FC Porto, and the star quickly set about having an amazing season.

Vitinha became a regular in the side, and helped Porto surge to the league title, picking up three Player of the Month awards along the way.

He also made his debut for Portugal earlier this year as a result of playing so well for his club.

He has been a tough watch for Wolves fans, many of whom cannot fathom Wolves’ decision to let him go.

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During his time at Molineux, one of the narratives of the fanbase was his lack of game time. Many wanted him to play more.

The fact he didn’t get many chances was a real mystery to Porto fans.

Portuguese journalist Ana Magalhaes said: “When Porto loaned him to Wolves, Porto supporters almost had a heart attack – ‘Don’t loan him to Wolves and don’t give him such a low buyout clause’ – he had so much potential.

“In the end, when Wolves didn’t buy him, Porto fans were pretty euphoric because they had followed Vitinha since he played in the youth team and everyone knew what was there.”

Magalhaes went on to say the biggest surprise of Porto fans was that he didn’t play much at Molineux.

If only Nuno had played Vitinha more for Wolves

Vitinha is now set to embark on a new adventure with Paris Saint-Germain, having recently transferred for £34 million.

Perhaps things could have been different if Nuno had just shown a bit more faith in the youngster.

Wolves struggled that season and there were often opportunities for the manager to ring the changes.

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But Vitinha never really got a solid run in the team,. As a result, he didn’t feature enough to warrant a permanent swoop, which would have been for £17 million.

It is interesting to hear that Porto fans were euphoric when Wolves didn’t buy him.

They knew how much potential he had. And he was pivotal for them in their surge to the title last season, and has now brought in a lot of money to the club from his transfer.