Wolves journalist Tim Spiers says he is still very optimistic when it comes to Fabio Silva and his future at the club.
The 18-year-old, valued at £22.5m on Transfermarkt, hasn’t exactly had the greatest of seasons since his big-money move from Porto in the summer, only scoring two goals for the senior team all season before adding a third against West Ham United on Monday night.
But speaking on the latest edition of The Molineux View, Spiers thinks that he is perhaps being slightly harshly treated because of his small return in front of goal this season, and that there is still the potential for him to come good in the future:
“I really do think there is big potential there, I really do, the kid’s 18. If he’d scored two or three more goals than he had this season, if two or three of those easy chances have gone in he’d be on five or six goals, he’d be top scorer, we’d be saying what a fantastic prospect he is for someone so young.
“It’s perception, really. Because he’s missed two or three easy chances, people throw that stick at him that he’s not good enough and he’s never gonna be good enough. He’s a kid – just the finishing touch that’s been lacking, but like I say, he’s a kid, I think he’ll get there, I really do.”
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TIF Thoughts on Tim Spiers’ comments on Fabio Silva…
This season can essentially be treated as something of a write-off for Wolves, given the hammer blow they were dealt by losing their two top scorers from last season in Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota to injury and a transfer respectively.
And as such, this season should be all about getting Silva used to the Premier League so that he is ready to attack it properly next season. But that goal return does have to come sooner rather than later, otherwise he could be verging on ‘flop’ territory considering what they paid out for him initially.
He can only be seen as ‘the future’ for so long before he has to start bringing something in the present to help the club.