Wolves journalist Joe Edwards thinks that Fabio Silva has earned the right to start every game between now and the end of the season.
The centre forward position has been up for grabs for a large part of the season following Raul Jimenez’s injury back in November, with the position being shared between Silva and Willian Jose after the latter signed on loan in January.
Silva though has made the most of his chances, scoring four goals all season, including two in the last five games, and speaking on the E&S Wolves podcast (17:13), Edwards felt that the he should see out the season as the first-choice centre forward, and based on what he saw in their recent game against West Brom, Nuno Espirito Santo may already be putting those plans in place:
“I think Fabio Silva should start every game that’s left now… I think him playing against Albion was quite a significant decision. I thought going into that game that [William] Jose would still keep his place, and the fact that he didn’t play and he didn’t come on either…
“He could have brought him on for Silva when Gibbs-White came on or when Podence came on, he could have brought him on. So I think the fact that Silva got the nod for that game, and came out of that game looking good with another goal to his name, he could end the season as top goalscorer and I think it’s only fair to give him that opportunity.”
Would you trust Fabio Silva to be a first-team starter for Wolves?
No, he's not good enough
Yes, he's a good player
TIF Thoughts on Joe Edwards’ comments about Fabio Silva
It’s not only the current form that should dictate team selection for Nuno, but also what the club is looking at for the future. Given how much they invested in him to sign him last summer, it’s only fair that he be given as many minutes as possible to get their money’s worth out of him.
And it’s clear that the club see him as the future, otherwise they wouldn’t have spent so much to bring him in. So the more minutes he can get that can help develop him into the player they paid for, then surely it’s a no brainer to let him play as many games as possible.