Wolves defender Ruben Vinagre has put pen to paper on a new deal at the club that will keep him at Molineux until 2024.
The Daily Mail reported that the 20-year-old left-back has agreed a new five-year deal with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, only a year after signing permanently for Wolves following an initial loan spell from Monaco.
He has scored once and supplied two assists in his 33 appearances for the club and he has an excellent disciplinary record, having only received one yellow card and one red in his time in the Black Country so far. He featured for 987 minutes last season, with one assist per 493.5 minutes.
He averaged 0.8 tackles and 0.8 interceptions per game last season (via WhoScored) and also showed that he can get forward to good effect for Wolves, with a match average of 0.4 crosses from the left flank.
Among the aspects of his game where he has plenty of scope for improvement are his aerial ability and ball retention. He won only 0.5 aerial duels per game last season and had a passing success rate of 77.3%, a figure exceeded by 10 Wolves players in 2018/19.
Having started only seven Premier League games last term, Vinagre will hope to see more regular action ahead of Jonny Otto in the 2019/20 campaign.
The Spain left-back made 32 league starts and played 38 times in total for the club last season, equalling Vinagre’s tally of a goal and two assists. His total game-time in 2018/19 was 3,304 minutes, considerably more than Vinagre, and he averaged one assist every 1,652 minutes.
Jonny proved much more adept at stifling opposition attacks than his left-back colleague. He averaged 2.4 tackles and 1.8 interceptions per game, won far more aerial duels with 1.2 per game and had a slightly better passing accuracy of 77.8%.
However, his 0.3 crosses per game was fewer than Vinagre’s, while the Portuguese defender was also more efficient in terms of chance creation, matching Jonny’s goals and assists figures despite playing far less regularly.
With Jonny outperforming him in several key metrics, Vinagre may have to be content with playing backup to the Spain international again next season.
However, the Portuguese youngster’s figures are only marginally inferior to Jonny’s, while the added commitment of Europa League fixtures is likely to test Nuno’s squad depth considerably.
Tying down a talented young left-back in Vinagre was a very sensible move by Wolves and offers some encouragement in a transfer window that has seen the club make only two signings (Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker), both of whom followed Vinagre in turning a loan move at Molineux into a permanent one.
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