Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Ruben Vinagre completed 90 minutes in the defeat to Aston Villa on Wednesday night – and some of the club’s supporters on Twitter ripped into him for his performance.
Wolves were knocked out of the Carabao Cup after losing 2-1 to Villa, who will host Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Anwar El Ghazi and Ahmed El Mohamady were on the scoresheet for the hosts, but striker Patrick Cutrone did manage to net a goal.
Manager Nuno Espirito Santo decided to make wholesale changes by fielding an inexperienced team, but it’s understandable given the pile up of fixtures in the league and also the Europa League this season.
The West Midlands club have had a hectic schedule and they gave most of their key players the night off at Villa.
A selection of Wolves supporters on social media picked out Vinagre for criticism for his contribution against Villa.
The 20-year-old had plenty of experience compared to some of his teammates, but delivered a below par performance and has plenty of his game to improve on.
He is a left wing-back that pushes forward well and attacks with great pace, but his final ball let him down at Villa Park.
His defensive side of his game has been an issue since his arrival at Molineux and that was highlighted once again when he was caught ball watching for El Ghazi’s opening goal.
Here are some Wolves fans on Vinagre:
Vinagre at fault again.
— Rich (@Richwolves64) October 30, 2019
Vinagre ball watching
— HMS Wolves (@AdeBriggs) October 30, 2019
Vinagre at fault for that one
— Wozza ? (@me02woz) October 30, 2019
Vinagre should do better tracking the run. Nice goal from Villa tho.
— Sam Gollings (@sjgollings) October 30, 2019
Vinagre switching off again?
— Jonty. (@jontybird_9) October 30, 2019
Vinagre in a team full of kids looks like a kid. Given the ball away just as much as he does when playing with the seniors. Just not good enough… Yet. ?
— Jay Aldridge (@jayaldridge50) October 30, 2019
Honestly just play Vinagre as Jota’s alternative at LW when we use 3-4-3 and let him forget about his defensive responsibilities because he can’t do it anyway. #wwfc
— Sam (@SamCarpenter_) October 30, 2019
Vinagre really loves to run at his defenders. Just needs to get…a little better at it
— Alex Berrill (@BlackCatHamlet) October 30, 2019