Vinagre signs off with heartfelt message to fans

30/05/2023 32comments  |  Jump to last

Ruben Vinagre returns to Sporting CP this week now that his season-long loan at Everton is over with the full-back having managed just 4 appearances in all competitions and no Premier League starts.

Vinagre was brought in last summer as cover for Vitalii Mykolenko and was initially handed opportunities to challenge the Ukrainian's role as first-choice starter with selection in the League Cup ties against Fleetwood Town and Bournemouth but did not sufficiently impress then manager Frank Lampard.

Frustratingly for the Portuguese, he would have had the chance for more game time under Lampard's successor, Sean Dyche, when Mykolenko was injured towards the end of the campaign but Vinagre's own injury problems left him sidelined at a time when Everton no fit full-backs for crucial matches in their bid to avoid relegation.

Vinagre took the opportunity on his departure from Goodison Park to thank the fans and wish the club success it deserves with a post on Instagram today.

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Thank you Evertonians! It has been a pleasure wearing this shirt for the past season! I’m sad for not having the opportunity to contribute more, but I’ve done everything I was allowed to. I wish our history would’ve been different!

I’m really glad that we were able to maintain this big club in the Premier League, because you deserve it and so much more!

I have no doubt in my mind that Everton will go back to the place that it deserves, it’s a great club and full of history!

Thank you all, wish you all the best.


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Ajay Gopal
1 Posted 30/05/2023 at 16:55:40
Sad that it didn't work out for him as well as Everton.

I remember him playing well against us when he was at Wolves – or is that only in my imagination?

Anyway, good luck to him for the rest of his career.

Mike Price
2 Posted 30/05/2023 at 17:24:23
Classy words considering his lack of opportunities.

However, if he couldn't get a place ahead of Mykolenko, he must be absolutely shocking.

Sean Roe
3 Posted 30/05/2023 at 17:27:42
Another one on the Everton gravy train, nice work if you can get it.
Martin Mason
4 Posted 30/05/2023 at 17:30:32
I have seen several games where Mykolenko has played very well. Why all the bile?
Kieran Kinsella
6 Posted 30/05/2023 at 17:32:00
Supposedly his loan had a buyout option of £17 million. What were we thinking?

Regardless of whether he was any good or not, we knew we had no money. Or was that just a sneaky way to get his team to send him out on loan by offering false hope we'd make it permanent?

Danny O’Neill
7 Posted 30/05/2023 at 17:35:58
Sometimes it doesn't work out for certain players at certain clubs. I didn't see hardly anything of him, so can't really comment on him as a footballer, but nice words considering. I wish him well.

We have to remember, he's been thrown around a bit from club to club in recent years, so has hardly had time to settle.

And then he walks into a club caught in serious turbulence with the natives restless and, as I read today from Dyche, practically in the midst of civil war between the board and the supporters.

He is still only 24. Plenty of time for him to progress.

Mike Gaynes
8 Posted 30/05/2023 at 17:44:21
That's a nice, gracious farewell. Better luck to him in the future.

Mike #2, I couldn't disagree more. I think Mykolenko is one of the best defensive left-backs in the Premier League -- positionally excellent, pacy, fearless in the challenge and a really good shot-blocker.

I saw few egregious mistakes this season, while he was playing under tremendous personal stress. Obviously he's not a contributor in attack, but I think he will improve in that area and I'm glad we have him.

Pat Kelly
9 Posted 30/05/2023 at 17:47:39
Thelwell out.
Danny O’Neill
10 Posted 30/05/2023 at 17:48:43
I forgot to mention as I am multi-tasking.

I think Mykolenko gets as rough deal off some. Perfect? No.

He is a good defender who some of us have discussed might be good as a left centre-back, but possibly better in a back three.

And, 22 years old having just come over from Ukraine.

Give him a chance. Dwight McNeil was written off earlier in the season after several games. He ended up being one of our best performers in the hour of need.

John Burns
11 Posted 30/05/2023 at 17:53:54
Off topic. Just heard George McKane speaking on radio eulogising Sean Dyche and his contribution to saving Everton from relegation this season. He sounded great, so hopefully he’s over the worst.
Matthew Johnson
12 Posted 30/05/2023 at 17:53:55
Mykolenko offers absolutely zero going forward, he can just about defend, just.

Nice guy I'm sure but just doesn't have the skill to cut it in the modern game.

Lee Courtliff
13 Posted 30/05/2023 at 17:55:40
Good luck to him, he never had a chance with us so we can't call him good or bad.

And, I also think Mykolenko is a very good defender who just needs to improve his delivery. With Dyche as manager, he will almost certainly be expected to deliver plenty of crosses into the box.

We just need a striker to finish them!

Barry Rathbone
14 Posted 30/05/2023 at 18:20:00
Lovely sentiments from someone who clearly "gets us".

It would have been completely understandable if he had gone off in a huff after hardly getting a game but he didn't.

Good luck to the lad.

Tony Everan
15 Posted 30/05/2023 at 18:20:27
Mykolenko complements McNeil on the left, keeping that side strong, allowing McNeil to attack more freely. He is definitely one-dimensional but there are signs that him and McNeil could form a partnership that works well enough.

Any money needs spending elsewhere at the moment, it's the goal department that needs all the attention. The left-back situation may well be revisited next year if necessary.

Brian Williams
16 Posted 30/05/2023 at 18:26:55
Nobody saw much of him but I saw enough to believe he should have had more chances. He's a talented footballer.
Dale Self
17 Posted 30/05/2023 at 18:31:00
Class exit, no doubt. Kept it so simple and no hint of resentment. Never liked Sporting but I'll look for him and hope he does well.

And, Kieran, it may be a play on value. Ask Robert but maybe they set a benchmark for future negotiations that way as a strategy to get rid.

Tom Bowers
18 Posted 30/05/2023 at 18:41:58
There are many hard luck stories regarding players who came in, expected to do well, and the circumstances change (usually injuries) and they are then sidelined and forgotten. Everton have had their share more than most.

I remember the talented Mark Higgins who couldn't seem to shake off injuries and yet he could have been an England regular but it wasn't to be.

Kevin Beattie of Ipswich was one of the best left-backs I ever saw but always got injured and allowed Emlyn Hughes to get so many caps in that position.

The list is endless but that's football. It can be a very short career for many so who can blame them for appearing greedy when contracts are negotiated?

Mike Price
21 Posted 30/05/2023 at 21:54:30
I despair that anyone thinks he’s a good defender, all you have to do is cut inside and you’ve sent him for a hot dog. He’s one of the worst players I’ve seen at Everton and the fact we actually paid a big fee for him is sickening. If he was an academy product he’d be on loan at a tier 4 club.
Gary Brown
22 Posted 30/05/2023 at 22:14:24
I despair anyone who attacks young lads online, writing them off before they even hit 22-24. Baines was playing left wing at that age cos he wasn’t enough to oust Lescott out of position. Osman, Arteta, Big Duncan, Pienaar all older before becoming players they were.

Still, if it gets ye up….

Mike Gaynes
23 Posted 30/05/2023 at 22:23:43
I despair that anyone can't see the quality in Mykolenko, a player with only 47 top-level appearances (the Ukrainian Super League doesn't count) who has held up well against unimaginable pressure and is exactly the kind of young player we should be building around.
Mark Murphy
24 Posted 30/05/2023 at 22:50:33
I’m a fan of Mykolenko. I’m also a fan of Patterson, Coady, Tarkowski, McNeil, Doucoure, Godfrey DCL, Pickford, Gray, O’Nana and Iwobi.
Which makes me think I’m looking at them through blue tinted specs. IF they were that good we wouldn’t have struggled so badly this season.
Honestly, I think we should look at building around Tarks, Patterson, Pickford and Garner. The rest wouldn’t find a place in a decent top side.
Danny O’Neill
25 Posted 30/05/2023 at 22:54:38
We can throw Seamus into that mix as well Mike G.

Many doubted and criticised him when he first came to the club. Moyes pushed him into a higher position often as he wasn't sure of him at right back.

Judging players after a handful of games, especially young players, is, well, judgemental. Some done it with McNeil this season.

Mike @21, I'm guessing you are talking about the 22 year old Mykolenko by the way.

In my humble opinion, we have two young fullbacks with potential who had to try and settle into a league that is far higher standard that they were accustomed to, neither having played many games. One coming from a country ravaged by war.

But both have potential. Hopefully they get a more stable season next time around to demonstrate that.

Back to Seamus. An icon loved by the supporters. Cost £60K as we all sing weekly. A 21 year old who grew up playing Gaelic football. Took time to settle at Everton and lets be honest, quite a few were unsure. Loaned to Blackpool.

Came back to Everton. The rest is his history.

The moral of the story? Wait before judging young players. You just never know.

Mykolenko cares. Whether this matters to others or his abilities as a footballer doesn't bother me. But at away games, he is mostly always the first over to us and giving his shirt to a young supporter, regardless of the result.

Mike Price
26 Posted 30/05/2023 at 22:58:56
If he was put up for sale, would there be any takers? Same with Iwobi, they are serious weak links in this side.

Btw it’s just an opinion on footballing ability and good luck to them, they’re getting well paid to do a job. I’d just rather it wasn’t at Everton because we could do a lot better, in my opinion.

I agree with you Danny that Patterson is decent now and has future potential. He’s fast, physical, aggressive and can attack

Just don’t see it in Mykolenko, I hope I’m wrong.

Mike Gaynes
27 Posted 30/05/2023 at 23:12:16
Mike, I'm very, very doubtful that in our current financial and footballing situation we could do "a lot better."

Mykolenko is five years younger than his predecessor Digne and superior to him defensively in my opinion. We sold Digne for £25 million, banking a £7 million profit on him, and paid £18 million for Myko. And Myko's weekly salary is less than half of what we were paying Digne.

That is some EXCELLENT business. And we don't do much business fitting that description.

Mike Price
28 Posted 30/05/2023 at 23:14:11
Mike, two wrongs don’t make a right.
Paul Kernot
29 Posted 31/05/2023 at 01:40:37
I watched him carefully in Sydney when he played. I actually thought he was half decent, albeit against pretty average opposiotion, so hard to tell.
Annika Herbert
30 Posted 31/05/2023 at 07:26:23
Sell Branthwaite, sell Onana, sell Mykolenko. Then the same people will be screaming blue murder that Dyche never plays the young lads.

When we do gather some talented young players, people want the club to sell them. You can't have it all ways!

Steve Shave
31 Posted 31/05/2023 at 11:20:31
Agree Mike G that Myko is a good defensive LB and will improve. When we play him and Seamus at the same time we can look a bit toothless moving forwards. However, Patterson is the future and with Seamus' support and some more experience, I believe he will more than make up for Myko's lack of end product. With Patterson marauding forwards it leaves Myko to do what Myko does best, tackle and defend.
John Williams
32 Posted 31/05/2023 at 11:26:53
If you are buying from the bargain basement or picking up
loan players that perhaps other clubs do not want, you have
to expect that some will not improve the team.
If Dyche is staying and lets face it, nobody knows what the future holds with the club, I think he will go for wise heads on their shoulders, guys that have been around and know what
day it is.
He needs us to stay clear of the bottom six, to build a platform
for greater things in the future.
Mick O'Malley
33 Posted 31/05/2023 at 12:21:12
Mike Gaynes @ Various, I’m with you regarding Mykolenko, I couldn’t care less that he’s not as good as Digne going forward, one things for sure he’s a better defender than Digne is, which I want from my full back, as someone pointed out above he links up well with McNiel, he’s still relatively inexperienced and will get better, who can we get that’s better? Annika and Steve Shave, I couldn’t agree more
Sam Hoare
34 Posted 01/06/2023 at 10:26:24
Mike@27 I think selling Digne for £25m was excellent business, i'm not at all convinced that buying Mykolenko for £18m was.

That's quite a lot of money for a left back who's extremely limited going forwards and only a bit better than average defensively.

Estupinan cost less. Malacia cost less. James Justin, Andrew Robertson, Tsimikas and Ait-Nouri all cost a lot less.

I like Mykolenko, he's a trier for sure, but I don't think he should be our left back long term and I don't think he should have cost more than £10m. Maybe he'll prove me wrong if he improves the offensive part of his game but I can't see it at the moment. Perhaps he can become a Wan-Bissaka type player who doesn't add much up the pitch but locks down his side defensively but currently he's nowhere near that secure. And he's 24, so not exactly a kid like Patterson.

Brian@34, I'm glad we haven't taken up the option on Coady. Gotta wait at least until we sell one or both of Holgate and Keane and I think there are better options out there, even for £5m.

David West
35 Posted 03/06/2023 at 19:54:01
Agree with Mike Gaynes here.

Mykolenko is solid as a full-back. He is positionally very good. Smells danger like a full-back should. Still a young lad who's got a lot of improvement in him.

I think most of the criticism of him comes from his attacking play. Which is fair to a point. He needs to work on his distribution and his crossing.

I believe he's only going to get better.

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