Wolverhampton Wanderers face Newcastle United this weekend, and it is a great chance for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side to keep their winning run going.
After some recent struggles, wins over Arsenal, Southampton and Leeds United have seen Wolves get back on track, and it’s now a matter of looking up rather than over the shoulder.
Saturday sees Wolves head to St. James’ Park to face a side who have really struggled in the Premier League this season.
Newcastle are hovering just above the relegation zone right now, with Fulham breathing down their neck.
They’ve lost Callum Wilson and Fabian Schar to injury, two key players who have a big influence for the Magpies.
Given they head into the game weakened, and that they have not been as solid at the back this term, this game could be a good opportunity for Vitinha to get some mintues.
The 21-year-old hasn’t had many opportunities in 2020/21 following his summer loan from FC Porto and has started just five games so far – three of those coming in the cups.
One wonders if this is a chance for Vitinha, and Wolves probably do need to see more of him before deciding whether to exercise their reported £18 million option to buy (Express & Star).
Newcastle have an underwhelming midfield
Joao Moutinho is a firm favourite with Nuno and has played a lot of football lately.
He’ll probably get the nod again on Saturday given the squad will have had a nice recovery period since the Leeds game, but surely Vitinha, has to be worth considering throwing in from the start.
Vitinha can pick up those little pockets of pace between defence and midfield, and exploit their lack of work rate in the middle of the park.
Players like Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden aren’t known for their relentless pressing and Vitinha could get some joy if selected.