Wolverhampton Wanderers teenager Ruben Vinagre has had to be patient for his opportunities this season, but has looked the real deal whenever he’s featured.
The 19-year-old defender came into the team for the 2-0 win over Cardiff City at the weekend and it was just his second Premier League start of 2019.
He slotted in brilliantly to the left wing-back role against Cardiff at Molineux and his display suggested he could be ready for a permanent position in the XI soon.
The Portuguese full-back is a flyer with tremendous pace and his attacking qualities were demonstrated at the weekend.
Vinagre certainly has the attributes needed to be a wing-back in the system of manager Nuno Espirito Santo and he really caught the eye for his all-action performance.
Vinagre’s display surely puts him in line for more regular chances and it could be teammate Jonny Castro Otto that views him as a genuine threat.
Jonny, who Wolves signed on a permanent basis for £15million in January (Express and Star), is currently nailed on as the main starter at left wing-back.
The 25-year-old is extremely switched on defensively and a reliable player, but right-footed and can sometimes come up short going forward.
Vinagre may provide a more balanced option for Wolves and it will be intriguing to see if Jonny can be dislodged from his spot, while there is also the option to move him over to the right flank if needed.