Wolves kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win over Sheffield United, with excellent performances from Rui all the way through to Raul.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s team selection raised eyebrows, but the manager was vindicated instantly with Jimenez and Romain Saiss scoring inside the first six minutes.
It was a delicious first-half performance from Wolves, with Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence’s support for the Mexican a joy to behold.
Sheffield United raised their game for the second half and that required the defensive unit to concentrate.
But they had an answer for everything.
Arguably, Saiss was the best player on the pitch. The Moroccan headed, intercepted and tackled everything and might also have added to the one goal he scored.
And to his left, debutant Fernando Marcal was also impressive at Bramall Lane.
The left side of Wolves’ defence was very solid indeed, and that could very well mean a new period of frustration for Ruben Vinagre.
Back to the bench for Vinagre?
Vinagre would have been itching to start against the Blades in place of the injured Jonny, but Nuno entrusted Fernando Marcal for the position instead.
With Saiss playing as well as he is right now, that could mean there is surely no chance for Marcal playing as the left-sided centre-half – the position he’d been starring in for Lyon.
With Marcal flourishing as a left wing-back, it’s all looking a bit bleak for Vinagre.
Hopefully the youngster will respond well, knuckle down and impress when called upon – it would be a real shame if he felt he had to seek an exit given his potential.