It was something of a surprise when Wolverhampton Wanderers snapped up Ruben Vinagre permanently in the summer. Vinagre spent last season on loan at Wolves from AS Monaco. One of the Jorge Mendes recruits, he struggled for regular first-team football at Molineux. Despite only playing nine Championship games for the club, his age meant Wolves still considered him worth buying permanently.
At the end of June, the Portuguese youth international signed a five-year permanent deal at Wolves for a fee reported by the Express and Star to be £2 million.
Wolves fans were happy with that deal. Despite not being a regular last season, when he did play the 19-year-old showed clear promise and Wolves felt he was worth keeping hold of.
Based on the evidence of last night, it is clear Wolves made the right decision.
Vinagre put in an exceptional display against Liverpool as Wolves sent the Premier League leaders out of the FA Cup.
Not only did he do his work defensively, but going forward he proved a massive threat to Jurgen Klopp’s men.
The inexperience of his compatriot Rafa Camacho helped but the Wolves star looked every bit worth the £2 million fee.