Wolves journalist Nathan Judah has given his thoughts on the short-term future of youngster Fabio Silva at the club following his start to the season.
The 19-year-old, who the club purchased for a club-record fee during the summer of 2020, has been something of a bit-part player under Bruno Lage this season, only making cameo appearances in the Premier League and seeing most of his minutes in the Carabao Cup.
In an effort to get more minutes under his belt, he recently played for the club’s U23 side, scoring a goal in a 3-1 defeat to their Sunderland counterparts, but with the club out of the Carabao Cup, and the FA Cup not coming around until January, unless something changes in Lage’s mindset, it doesn’t look as if first-team minutes are going to be coming regularly.
Speaking about Silva on the latest edition of the E&S Wolves podcast, Judah hinted that he would like to see the young man go out on loan, suggesting that a move down to the Championship might be the way to go:
“I would like to see him stay in England, to be honest. I would like to see him – and I know people go on loan [to foreign clubs], but I think if they see a long-term future in Fabio Silva, I think he needs to go to the Championship. He might get kicked a little bit at £30m, but I think he needs six months in the Championship.
“Now, I don’t think they can do it at this moment in time with the squad, but if they were to look back into the market, maybe bring a bit more experience in to sit on the bench for the remainder of the season if Wolves are mid-table or just to see them through, I don’t think that would be a bad shout at all.”
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Should Wolves keep Fabio Silva?
Given how little Silva has been used to start the season, you can certainly see why loaning him out to get regular minutes would make sense, and sending him to a league like the Championship – a division renowned for its physicality – would certainly help him mature a lot quicker and prepare him for life in the Premier League in the future.
Although, with Wolves only having three centre-forwards in their ranks (four if you include someone like Adama Traore), it’s not like they are totally blessed with options at the position, and given the fact they’ve only scored three goals so far this season, it’s not like they should be looking to get rid of potential goalscorers.
However, if they can bring someone in at the same time, as Judah hints at, then it certainly should be an option that they look to pursue so that they don’t find themselves too short in that particular area.