On the latest episode of the Express & Star Wolves Podcast, journalist Liam Keen has been speaking about Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
Bruno Lage’s side fell short at Molineux in the cup against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side in a penalty shootout after the two sides could not be separated after 90 minutes.
What should Wolves do with Silva?
Wolves were able to score on two occasions, but the journalist was left far from impressed by the showing from 19-year-old forward, Fabio Silva.
The Portuguese ace started the game on Wednesday night before being taken off at half time by Lage, with Adama Traore coming on in his place.
Wednesday’s game at Molineux marked the youngster’s sixth appearance of the season across all competitions, and Keen had a damning evaluation of his start to the 2021/22 campaign.
“He was coming deep at times to receive the ball as well, and when he did, he was losing it almost instantly. It was bouncing up off his thigh, bouncing up off his knee, coming off his chest and just being taken away off him too easily.
“And when you have a player who’s not able to hold the ball up or make the right runs in behind, it almost becomes a hindrance to the squad. It’s almost like losing a man, because he wasn’t in the right spaces to make any difference to what was, for Spurs, a very easy first half, defensively.
TIF Thoughts on Silva’s time at Wolves…
It has been a really difficult start to life in England for the 19-year-old after becoming Wolves’ record signing after the Midlands club spent £36m on him last summer.
In the 42 appearances Silva has made for Wolves since arriving in England, the Portuguese man has only been able to find the back of the net on four occasions across all competitions.
Looking at the difficulties Silva has experienced, perhaps it would have been beneficial for him to have returned to Porto on a season-long loan after signing last summer to gain more experience.
Having spent so much money on the forward and with around four years remaining on his deal, we think it is unlikely Wolves will just give up on him. However, a half-season loan could prove useful if he is still struggling come January.