It was not a great debut season at Wolverhampton Wanderers for Fernando Marcal.

The Brazilian defender joined the club last year, after reaching a Champions League semi-final with Lyon.

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Fernando Marcal (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

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His fee was only £1.78 million (BBC Sport), and his addition was seen as very shrewd business by the club.

Fast forward a year though, and Marcal has some work to do.

Unfortunately, fitness issues limited him to just 13 appearances.

The warning signs were there about his injury record, but Wolves decided to bring him in anyway.

He now has quite a bit to prove under new head coach Bruno Lage.

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At this moment in time, it seems Ruben Vinagre will be departing Molineux.

 

O Jogo claim Sporting CP are closing in on the 22-year-old, in a deal ‘with values similar to those of Pedro Goncalves’.

Rayan Ait-Nouri’s buy option was not triggered, although the French youngster could still return to Molineux.

But Marcal will be at Molineux for 2021/22, and he’s got to prove his worth.

A big season for Marcal

Right now, people are questioning if Marcal was a mistake of a signing.

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Fernando Marcal (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

The £35,000-a-week player (Spotrac) needs a strong start under Lage, especially with Jonny Castro Otto to miss the start of the campaign with a knee injury.

Should he fail to make much of an impact, he could find himself on the transfer list come January, with his contract expiring in the summer of 2022.

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