Wolverhampton Wanderers’ return to Premier League is getting closer, with the international break having now concluded.

It’s West Ham United on Monday night for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, and a revenge mission is on the cards following the reverse fixture back in September.

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The Hammers cruised to a 4-0 win at the London Stadium, and it remains one of Wolves’ worst results and performances of the season so far.

West Ham were superior in all departments that night, and another tough game probably lies in store.

David Moyes’ side are having a fine season, and carry a number of threats.

That said, Wolves do too and Nuno should consider throwing the Irons a curveball at Molineux.

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At the time of writing, Joao Moutinho is a doubt for the game having suffered an issue whilst with Portugal (via Wolves official website).

It is therefore a potential opportunity to start Vitinha, a man who again impressed for the Portugal U21s over the international break.

Vitinha needs a chance

Even if £5 million star Moutinho (BBC Sport) recovers for the game, Nuno should still start Vitinha.

He’s shown his talent for his country, and it would be a shame for him to return to the bench at Molineux off the back of that.

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Nuno has claimed Moutinho hasn’t been training as normal, but it’s well known how much faith the manager has in the veteran midfielder.

He’s played a lot of games this season and he’ll no doubt want to play him again against the Hammers.

But it just feels like the right moment for Vitinha, who needs to prove himself worthy of that buy option.

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