Wolverhampton Wanderers star Vitinha has received a call-up from the Portugal U21s to play at this summer’s European Championships.
The attacking midfielder will fly to the tournament, which is being held in Slovenia and Hungary, after the 2020/21 season has concluded.
The news comes amid a struggle for game time for the youngster.
Vitinha has shown glimpses of talent, but has so far failed to gain the complete trust of Nuno Espirito Santo.
The manager has handed him just 15 appearances so far, most of those coming as a substitute.
Nuno has been quite insistent on cycling between three options in his midfield – Ruben Neves, Leander Dendoncker and Joao Moutinho.
It has been somewhat surprising to see him feature so little, especially given the fact a decision will need to be taken on whether the club spends £18 million to sign him permanently this summer (Express & Star).
With Wolves not really having too much to play for between now and the end of the season, his opportunties may potentially increase from this point onwards.
Portugal’s faith a suggestion of Vitinha’s potential
The fact that the Portugal U21s have selected Vitinha for their final squad despite a real lack of minutes this season perhaps just indicates what a big talent he is.
Wolves fans haven’t really seen a great deal of him so far this season.
One wonders if Nuno is perhaps being a little too stubborn over the likes of Neves, Moutinho and Dendoncker, and doesn’t realise he has a gem on his hands that just needs a proper chance.