The jockey trio is now in Rúben Amorim’s ace costume

Matheus Reis, Nuno Santos and Esgaio started the season as alternatives but gained ground and are in the most used XI.

At the start of the season, Sporting’s squad for 2021/22 seemed clear. Feddal was undisputed on the defensive axis in 2020/21, Porro decisive on the right wing. Then Rúben Vinagre arrived to take Nuno Mendes’ place on the left wing and Sarabia was the strong reinforcement for the attack.

In August, few would believe that Matheus Reis, who could be center and full-back, would win either position; that Nuno Santos overcomes the loss of place in the top three to assume the role of left winger, even in games against attacking teams; or that Ricardo Esgaio beat his Spanish rival on the right. The trio of jockeys have become Rúben Amorim’s ace and are part of the group of 11 with more minutes, precisely because they excel in the versatility that the trainer values ​​so much.

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