He had his struggles at times last season, however, scoring just four goals in 32 league appearances, though no one at the club will hold that against him after the youngster, still just 18 years of age, was thrust into the side due to Raul Jimenez’s injury.
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And now Hatfield is backing him to come good, believing he could benefit playing alongside another striker like Jimenez in a 4-4-2 system – a formation Lage has favoured in the past.
“In terms of winners, you look at someone like Fabio Silva,” Hatfield told TIF when discussing who is likely to thrive at Molineux following the arrival of the ex-Benfica boss.
“With two strikers up top, I think he’ll really enjoy playing alongside someone that will have the quality of Raul Jimenez.
“I think it could really benefit him. Obviously a very young striker, was really thrust into the action after Jimenez’s injury. I think it could be really important to see how he does alongside him.”
Something new like a 4-4-2 with Silva and Jimenez up front really could be worth exploring in the new season for Wolves.
It all went a bit stale under Nuno Espirito Santo last term, with Wolves, who ended the campaign in 13th, unable to build on their seventh-placed finish in 2020.