Chairman Bill Bratt fears Stephen McPhee could become a “forgotten man” if he fails to impress in Portugal.
Steve McPhee has now officially left the Valiants
The club’s top-scorer officially left Vale this week to join SuperLiga side Beira-Mar after turning down offers from a number of English sides.
Bratt is understandably furious about the way the transfer has been handled, and knows McPhee will be attempting to succeed where many British players have failed.
He said: “There have been a lot of good players go abroad and find it very difficult.
“He’s still a young lad and he’ll have a lot on his plate. He’s had a lot of clubs interested in him but if he doesn’t succeed over there they will not be so keen in the future.”