View: Fabio Silva not living up to hype at Wolves despite good performance v Aston Villa
By Sam Collins
Fabio Silva was given a big responsibility yesterday as Wolves’ number nine against local rivals Aston Villa – an opportunity he seized despite not scoring.
Unfortunately for the youngster that’s been the story of the season so far for Silva who was expected to explode onto the scene after he arrived from Porto.
The 19-year-old’s stats make for grim reading, having failed to register a goal or assist in 18 Premier League appearances this season.
Jeff 🗣 "1 goal and 1 start for Porto when they decided to pay £35M for him, how do you make a judgement call like that?"
Harry 🗣 "I've got a good idea." 🤣
Harry Redknapp's response to why Wolves' signed Fabio Silva for £35M pic.twitter.com/pWEkNwkE2N
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 13, 2021
With Raul Jimenez’s absence through a suspension, Silva must pick up his form and express the ability that won him the transfer to Wolves initially.
Building on this weekend
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One of Silva’s issues is his physical attributes. Tall but not wide, the Portuguese star will struggle to provide a similar style upfront to the one Jimenez has done so well for Wolves. However, what Silva does possess is a creative flair and eye for goal which we saw during his time with Porto.
However, in England, the best he has managed is four goals and three assists in 32 league games in the 2020/21 season.
Considered lucky to get the nod over Hee-Chan Hwang, Wolves’ second highest goal scorer, Silva did express some of the talents we expected from him in the side’s 2-1 win over the Villains.
He must now use the time he has whilst Jimenez is unavailable to kickstart a good run of form and get some confidence back in the form of goals. Wolves are looking to push for European football this season and this target should give Silva motivation to improve and build on what was a promising performance this weekend.
In other Wolves news, Morgan Gibbs-White is due a chance next season.