In Barnet’s last two matches Mauro Vilhete has played across the Bees’ attack and at left back. He’s scored twice and received back-to-back man of the match awards. It’s little wonder he doesn’t mind where he is deployed.
It’s easy to forget that Vilhete is only 20 years old. He made his Barnet debut back in 2010 but has struggled to establish himself as a first team regular.
This season he has been in and out of Barnet’s squad but his versatility has proved invaluable. He’s made 19 appearances and hasn’t let the side down when called up.
“I’m loving it no matter what position I play,” Vilhete said after his last minute goal on Saturday helped Barnet complete a 1-0 win against Southport.
“I’m just trying to help the team win. I’ve played in pretty much all of the positions before except for left back. So I am used to it a little bit and I am adapting to left back.
“To be honest I don’t really care where they play me as long as I help the team win."
Barnet supporters will hope their late victory at the weekend will kick-start a promotion bid that has been failing in the last month.
The Bees are only outside of the play-off positions on goal difference but a number of clubs have several games in hand.
Vilhete admits Barnet can’t drop any points at The Hive from now until the end of the season but believes finishing in the play-offs remains a realistic possibility.
He said: “No one doubts each other in the dressing room. We know we’re a strong team and if we play as we did (against Southport) then we know that no team in the league can match us. So we have to carry on with the same performances and grind out results.”
Vilhete believes the Bees fans will play an important role at home matches during the run in and says their support helps spur the team on.
He explained: “It helps us push on and motivates us that little bit more. So the win against Southport was for the fans because they were with us for the whole game and it helped us.”
Saturday’s victory was the first game in permanent charge for Dutch duo Ulrich Landvreugd and Dick Schreuder.
They’ve taken over from Edgar Davids but Vilhete believes there hasn’t been a dramatic overhaul since the former Juventus midfielder’s departure.
He said: “I don’t think too much has changed. We’ve been trying to play the same way we played under Mister (Davids) but with a little bit more freedom.”