Since being promoted to the Premier League, Wolverhampton Wanderers have been one of the most consistent sides around.
They have finished just outside the top six in each of the last two seasons, providing some captivating performances against the bigger sides.
However, 2020/21 has been particularly unkind to Wolves. Nuno Santo’s men have been pillaged by injuries and they have become the very definition of inconsistent. They are incredibly hard to predict, something the last fortnight or so has depicted.
They were drubbed 4-0 by Burnley but then looked back to their best as they came from behind to defeat Brighton.
Though, against an improving Tottenham side on Sunday, they weren’t really at the races. Nuno’s men were beaten 2-0 and in all honesty, they never really looked like finding the net with any certainty.
Fabio Silva spurned a succession of good chances but he wasn’t helped by the young duo of Morgan Gibbs-White and Vitinha behind him.
Both players have starred in recent weeks with the latter playing a vital hand in the win over West Brom. Gibbs-White, meanwhile, scored his first Premier League goal against Brighton just over a week ago.
On this occasion, though, Vitinha was disappointing.
Opportunities had been few and far between for the 21-year-old since he arrived at Molineux on loan but he’s been handed several chances now in the final weeks of the season.
A tricky character, the Portuguese had provided five key passes and three dribbles in the two outings with West Brom and Brighton.
Yet, that guile and creativity was missing in north London on Sunday. His performance was described as “poor” by Wolves reporter Tim Spiers at full time and it’s easy to see why.
Vitinha’s numbers were down considerably from what we’ve come to expect as he was hauled off just after the hour mark having made just one key pass. On top of that, the youngster failed to even attempt a dribble, a statistic completely out of character.
He produced just 14 passes and took fewer touches (30) than goalkeeper Rui Patricio (31).
The loanee did prevail in two of his three defensive duels but in terms of offering a threat to the Spurs goal, he left plenty to be desired.
Vitinha has caught the eye of late, so much so that Wolves could utilise their option to buy the promising Porto midfielder in the summer.
That said, he’ll need to show more than he did at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium; this was a rare troubled display.