The Chalkboard: Vinagre still has work to do following World Cup displays

Wolves have some phenomenally gifted players coming through their ranks at the moment.

Given the fact they’ll need more depth next season amid European football, some of their fringe players could be on the verge of attaining more first-team minutes.

At the centre of that is likely to be Ruben Vinagre, a player who has undoubted amounts of potential.

The young left-back has been playing for Portugal’s U20 side at the World Cup in Poland recently but some of his performances have shown he still has plenty of work to do.

On the chalkboard

Based on potential, the 20-year-old is one of Wolves’ finest signings since Nuno Santo took over the club.

However, he has some way to go in order to dislodge Jonny, one of Wolves’ most important players since achieving promotion.

Going forward Vinagre is a fine player and is the perfect example of a modern full-back, something he showed on multiple occasions despite limited game time last season.

Getting in ahead of Jonny was difficult considering the performances of the Spaniard and although he might well do so down the line, the 2019/20 season could be too soon.

That’s judging by his performances at the U20 World Cup.

Once again he was brilliant in attack, something that was particularly evident in a 1-1 draw against South Africa. His crossing ability was on show and he was unfortunate not to claim an assist against Argentina.

However, in terms of Vinagre’s defensive capabilities, he was caught out. In a 2-0 defeat against the same opposition, he was at fault for their first goal.

He allowed the winger to get in behind down the left-hand side, caught flat footed. Although he made a recovery to get back to his man, he then allowed him to cut inside and pick out a player inside the box.

If he starts to play regular Premier League football then that aspect of his game will have to improve.

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It could be the fact that playing in a four back doesn’t suit him. Among a five man defence, he’d have a left centre-back to cover the space behind him.

If he gets caught out in a similar fashion for Wolves, Willy Boly, who usually plays as the left centre-back, should be able to cover for him.

Despite that, it shouldn’t distract from the fact that Vinagre simply has to improve defensively.

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