Rarely seen Wolves midfielder Vitinha has sent a message to Nuno Espirito Santo, after he assisted for the Portugal U21s against Holland last night.
The summer loan signing from FC Porto has hardly been seen for the first-team so far, making just two cameo appearances in the Premier League up to now, as well as getting an hour against Stoke in the EFL Cup.
Nuno has opted to stick with more experienced options, with Ruben Neves, Leander Dendoncker and Joao Moutinho his three go-to players in central midfield.
Like Fabio Silva, Vitinha is having to take some time to settle in at Molineux, but hopefully chances will be imminent for the 20-year-old as the festive period approaches and fatigue starts to set in.
Against the Netherlands, Vitinha caught the eye with a strong display.
According to Sofascore, he completed 52 of his 54 passes and 3/4 dribbles, won 6/10 duels and made a couple of tackles. He also assisted one of Fabio Vieira’s goals.
Portugal had already sealed qualification for next year’s U21 European Championships, and victory over Holland meant they finished second in their group level on points with the Dutch, who won the reverse fixture 4-2.
Vitinha to kick on?
Having not played an awful lot of football, a strong international break will have been good for Vitinha.
Wolves have been quite lucky so far, but many teams are now starting to become affected by injury problems, and Nuno’s side could easily have issues of their own before long.
It’s important that Vitinha can make a strong impression when eventually given the chance if he is to seal a permanent move to Molineux.