By Daniel Feliciano

19th Jul, 2022 | 12:40pm

Scouting expert: Fabio Silva loan away from Wolves best for both parties

We’re delighted to welcome Football Manager’s Wolves researcher Dave Azzopardi as our exclusive columnist. Each week the scouting expert will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on Wonderkids across the UK…

Fabio Silva’s loan from Wolves to Anderlecht for the 2022/23 season is “best for both parties” according to scouting expert Dave Azzopardi.

The Portuguese striker has joined the Belgian giants on a season-long loan with no buy option, after signing a new one-year contract at Molineux after struggling for first-team minutes since his club record £40m move in 2020.

But at just 20 years of age, Silva’s future is still bright and Azzopardi believes that regular game time and a chance to play in Europe makes the deal a win-win for everyone involved.

“It was a bit of a surprise because Wolves haven’t really got much depth at striker,” he told The Football Wonderkids.

“So Wolves would have to bring in another striker if Fabio Silva were to go. It was a surprise at first but when it sort of sunk in I think it’s probably best for both parties.

“Fabio just wants to play football, and right now at Wolves he’s just not going to get it. He’s not going to play 38 Premier League games per season, so I think a loan abroad where the limelight isn’t on him so strongly will probably work best.

“Anderlecht are a good team, they’re a team that are going to be towards the top of the Belgian table. So he’s going to get chances to score goals and play in European competition as well, so I think it’s a good move for him really.

“He’s developed okay in the last 12 months or so and I would’ve liked to see him more, but I think a loan is probably what’s best so long as he’s going to get lots of regular football.

“He’s a good player, you can tell there’s a good player there. A lot of non-Wolves fans look at the price tag straight away but when you actually watch him play you can tell there’s a good player in there.

“It’s just about giving him the game time to show that really.”

In other Wolves news, a look at what went wrong for Silva at Molineux