Vitinha saw Premier League starts very limited last season under Nuno Espirito Santo and despite being available for just £18 million, Wolves legend Steve Bull can’t see him being any more than just a backup option at Wolves next term.
Wolves brought in Vitinha under the guidance of both Jorge Mendes and Nuno, and despite being handed just five starts in the league, Wolves are still expected to exercise their option to buy the 21-year old.
He showed glimpses of what he was capable of during his limited appearances on the pitch and the midfielder himself even claimed that he expected to be offered more gametime during his time at Molineux.
If Wolves are to improve and keep moving forward they will surely need to have a ready-made replacement for when Joao Moutinho moves on and that could be Vitinha, even if he is just a backup option until then, which is something Bull explained exclusively to Football FanCast:
“We saw some moments of brilliance from him in the FA Cup I think it was, when he showed some good pace and a good touch.
“So for me, I’d like to keep him as a backup option just in case Neves doesn’t come back and then he can just slot in so, I’d like to keep him, but also keep Moutinho as well.”
Just like many of the Portuguese stars that have arrived since Mendes has been a prominent figure at Molineux, many expected Vitinha to seamlessly slot into the Wolves side, but it’s very difficult to dislodge a midfield partnership that has been going strong for three seasons.
If Vitinha does return on a permanent basis he will surely seek assurances from new manager, Bruno Lage, about his game time going forward and what his future will look like in England.