Wolverhampton Wanderers fans will be well aware that regular left-back Jonny Castro picked up an injury whilst on international duty for Spain during the November international break.
The 24-year-old summer arrival, as we saw firm favourite Barry Douglas depart for Leeds United, damaged his knee ligament muscles and he’s set for six odd weeks on the sidelines as he recovers.
With obvious disappointment given to how the on-loan Atletico Madrid man has adjusted to the club and the Premier League, given it wasn’t too serious an injury in terms of the timescale he’ll be out for, a number of fans were pleased to see Ruben Vinagre get a greater shot at impressing in his place.
Obviously not good news about Jonny but people saying it was a pointless game! I doubt he would see the chance to represent his country as pointless. Injuries are part of the game and although he will be a big miss I am pretty sure we have the squad to cope. Vinagre ✅ #wwfc
— Matt Cook (@Cookmtt1976) November 19, 2018
I remember last season Barry Douglas missed a portion of the season, probably a little earlier than this. Vinagre came in, without Willy Boly alongside him and was excellent. Time to shine Ruben #WWFC ???? https://t.co/ZZYLYkrzNT
— Musings from Molineux (@molineuxmusings) November 19, 2018
This is massive problem for us , wing backs are a vital to.our system working, yeah I have every faith in vinagre to step up in place of otto, hopefully Doherty can be fit in time
— Matty.H (@molineux4eva) November 19, 2018
Only just seen this, I think its a great opportunity for Vinagre…which I believe is a better option for Wolves
— Ed Trivett (@etrivett) November 19, 2018
I think he’s def ready but Jonny has been excellent when we have come under pressure in games, was immense at arsenal. Hopefully Ruben has that side to game too, going forward won’t be an issue and maybe better for jota
— asa (@asarobinson207) November 19, 2018
Won’t be with Vinagre offering something different being more attack minded and a natural left footer.
— Ad (@Sidaway_) November 19, 2018
As much as losing Jonny is a blow , excited to see what vinagre can do with a good run of games in the side , the lad has raw talent ????⚽️
— Liam Watkins (@Wokka93) November 19, 2018
Anyone who’s watched Vinagre should know we have someone who is more than capable to step up to the plate when needed ????????
— James (@jamesRichard96) November 19, 2018
The 19-year-old Portuguese youngster is very highly rated and he already has 14 starting appearances to his name, along with five substitute showings. He netted his maiden goal for the club in the 40 victory over Burton Albion last season in the Championship.
2018/19 has seen him make four sub appearances in the top-flight, and two starts in the EFL Cup competition, but he should now get a reasonable block of games to bring his development on further if he’s who head coach Nuno Espirito Santo now leans on.