There has been plenty of reaction in Spain to Vinicius Junior’s performance for Real Madrid in their 4-0 win over Melilla on Wednesday.
The Brazilian was handed his first start for Los Blancos - and he didn’t disappoint.
Vinicius, 18, provided the assist for Marco Asensio’s goal and created more than one opportunity for his teammates to score.
The teenager dominated the front pages of the sport papers in Spain. Marca say he “raised morale”, while AS said: “The Brazilian was the best”.
Real Madrid supporters reacted to his performance by asking why he hasn’t been playing in the first team this season.
Los Blancos have struggled for goals - they set a record last month for the longest goal drought in the club’s history at 481 minutes - and there’s a chance that Vinicius would have helped them in that department.
But the former Flamengo player stepped up in front of interim boss Santiago Solari, doing his chances of more first team minutes no harm.
Journalist tweets about Vinicius
Real fans, who have had to deal with the club’s poor run of form, will be pleased about Vinicius.
But their excitement has been tempered by Spanish football journalist Ben Hayward.
Hayward, the Evening Standard’s Spanish football correspondent, dropped a truth bomb after seeing all of the praise that the young forward received.
“Good game from Vinicius Junior tonight, but lots of people are getting carried away very quickly,” he wrote.
“He's clearly a talent, though it's worth remembering that Melilla play in Spain's Segunda B, the same level as Castilla. Patience.”
Castilla is Real Madrid’s reserve team. Vinicius has spent the majority of his time this season playing for Castilla.
Real Madrid need something to lift them right now but Hayward doesn’t believe supporters should get too excited about Vinicius just yet.
The time to start judging him will be after a run of games in La Liga.
Solari, in charge after Julen Lopetegui’s sacking, also stressed that the young Brazilian is still learning.
“He is 18, has just arrived, is in a new country, a new style of football, adapting to a new world with Real Madrid,” the Spaniard said, per Sport.
"Little by little he will grow and mature because we already see the talent.”News Now - Sport News