In fact, his last senior appearance was on 20 March 2021, when Everton lost to Manchester City 2-0 in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. He is behind Antonio Adan, who shows no sign of relinquishing his place as first-choice goalkeeper.
He is expected to make his first appearance for Sporting against Belenenses in the Portuguese Cup a week on Friday, almost 2 months after arriving on loan from Everton. The plan was that he would get more playing time, after his place on the bench as Jordan Pickford's understudy had been usurped by Asmir Begovic, with Andy Lonergan a not-so-distant third choice, more often than not named as an additional substitute.
Virgínia should have the chance in the near future to start convincing Sporting Lisbon that they should be triggering the buy-out option which is part of their loan agreement; they can make his move permanent by paying Everton just €3.5M.
The goalkeeper arrived at Finch Farm to great fanfare as an 18-year old stolen from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee but just 2 senior starts and 1 sub appearance (all under Carlo Ancelotti) in 3 years with The Blues has shown that his journey to becoming a first-team professional still has a long way to go.
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1 Posted 05/10/2021 at 16:19:34
I think he's a good keeper.
2 Posted 05/10/2021 at 18:33:22
A tough world to break through in but, having witnessed Everton waste millions on recruiting young keepers, I think we should avoid the trap.
The best we have had in recent years are those who had already proven themselves in the Premier League: Tim Howard and Nigel Martyn.
3 Posted 07/10/2021 at 05:30:33
4 Posted 07/10/2021 at 07:45:28
He was unlikely to make the first team there.
5 Posted 07/10/2021 at 09:21:01
The lad's career has gone backwards since coming north, we are not a club famous for bringing on young keepers – we seem to have had dozens of them who have just faded into obscurity.
6 Posted 07/10/2021 at 09:56:06
Sporting have just sold Maximiano (one year older than Virginia) to Granada and are presumably looking at Virginia as the replacement. That's quite flattering for Virginia.
It's still early in the season and he may yet oust the much more experienced Adan at some point, which would be an achievement. There's plenty of time for him yet and he's still on course to have a good career.
Although we haven't unearthed the new Southall from the handful of teenage keepers we've brought in, it's worth the modest outlay to keep bringing in talented teenagers - even if some end up being sold on rather than taking a place in the squad.
7 Posted 13/10/2021 at 09:16:59
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