Just two days after their capture of FC Porto golden boy Fábio Silva, Wolves are once again shopping at the Dragão, this time for 20-year-old midfielder Vitór Ferreira aka Vitinha. The rumours are that Vitinha will join on an initial loan with an option to buy at the end of the season for just €20 million, emphasis on the word just, because if he fulfills his early promise, he is sure to be worth a lot more than €20 million. A quick look online at Porto supporters’ reactions to this sale tells you all you need to know, this one will hurt.
Who is he?
Vitinha is a 20-year-old midfielder who has been part of the FC Porto academy for over ten years and is a current Portugal U21 international.
He already has 12 senior appearances for FC Porto, being fast tracked into the first-team set-up after his excellent work with the U19s, playing an integral part of the UEFA Youth League winning campaign in 2018/19 (Fábio Silva also part of this).
What Type of Player is He?
A versatile midfielder, Vitinha plays predominantly as a central midfielder but has operated further forward and also out on the left-hand side.
Technically he’s very good, he enjoys picking the ball up in deep positions and driving forward with the ball, using his good close control to beat opponents and engineer attacks. He isn’t lightning quick but is far from a slouch, he has good acceleration from a standing position, meaning he can move through the gears fairly quickly, which helps him especially when aiming to get on the end of a quick one-two, something he tries to do often.
Another element to his game is just how busy he is, he’s not one to stand still and wait for the game to come to him, instead, he’s always on the move with and without the ball, similar to the way Bruno Fernandes at times seems to pop up all over the park.
He has a very good passing range, which has earned him a very favourable comparison to former Porto and current Wolves midfielder João Moutinho. The long switch of the ball is a trademark for Vitinha, which for a team with high and wide onrushing full-backs/wingers like Wolves, is great news. He has this execution down to a tee, often looking to get a yard of space in midfield before switching the play with his right-boot. Vitinha is slightly taller than his countrymate Moutinho, standing at around 5 foot 6.
Vitinha is a super talented footballer, at 20-years-old, the world is quite literally at his feet. Porto’s immense loss, is Wolves’ gain and if he can adjust to the Premier League quickly, it won’t be long before the Black and Gold faithful are singing his name from the stands.