Wolves’ Ruben Vinagre must not be risked against attack-minded teams

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Wolves’ Premier League draw-streak was put to an end by Everton on Sunday afternoon as Goodison Park witnessed a five-goal thriller and even a red card.

Marco Silva’s Brazilian ace Richarlison netted both the opener and the winner for the Toffees with summer signing Alex Iwobi bagging the other.

The visitors saw goals from Romain Saiss and Raul Jimenez whilst Willy Boly received his marching orders with moments left in the match, as Nuno Santo made four changes to the side that progressed onto the Europa League group stage in midweek.

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One of those changes was Ruben Vinagre at left wing-back in place of Jonny, who had started all three previous Premier League matches.

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The youngster’s performance drew criticism from a number of the old gold support, and maybe it is something the Portuguese boss should consider listening to.

Vinagre had a particularly poor game, struggling to cope with the pace and trickery that the Everton wingers offered.

The 20-year-old was clearly targeted as he attempted more tackles than any other Wolves player at six, per WhoScored.

He was also dispossessed four times, only Raul Jimenez up front lost it more whilst he picked up the second-most fouls in the team with two – only emphasising his struggle against Richarlison.

Vinagre is certainly a promising player but arguably the Portuguese shouldn’t be risked against sides that have such an attacking threat.

This is emphasised by struggling to deal with an Everton side that failed to stick a goal past Aston Villa only a week ago.

The good thing, however, is that the youngster has plenty of time on his side.

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