It’s fair to say Nuno Espirito Santo runs a very well-oiled machine at Wolves.
The Portuguese man has largely stuck to a tried-and-trusted set-up in his time as manager, and this season has perfectly encapsulated that. Not once has he used a more traditional four-man defence, and the consequence of that, is the presence of real stability.
Everyone knows their jobs inside-out, and the squad is fairly tight-knit. But with Wolves still in the Europa League, and also in the hunt for a remarkable Champions League spot this season via the top-flight, rotation may become more of a thing under Nuno.
And on Sunday afternoon against Tottenham, Ruben Vinagre’s display will have left teammate Jonny with some cause for concern. The latter has predominantly been Wolves’ first-choice left wing-back, making 38 appearances across all competitions this season.
The £18m-rated ace has been a steady presence, but Vinagre’s impressive performance in north London at the weekend will now mean he has a genuine contender for his first-team spot.
As per Sofascore, Vinagre’s six tackles and four interceptions were both team-highs, whilst his tally of four clearances was joint-third amongst his teammates. The 20-year-old was defensively solid, and proved a tough man to beat, with him being dribbled past zero times.
He also showed his intensity by winning eight of his 13 ground duels, and it was the kind of resilient, defensively strong performance that would have left Nuno extremely satisfied.
Whilst Jonny has been the undisputed number one in that position, Vinagre has opened the door for Nuno to consider changing things up if he wishes. And the former in particular will now know he has a real battle on his hands, and won’t be able to take his first-team place for granted.