Wolves journalist Liam Keen has given his thoughts on the future of Fabio Silva at the club.
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. Indeed, he’s started as many games for the club’s U23 side as he has for the first team.
Following the injury to Hwang Hee-chan, there is the possibility for him to get some games in the coming weeks, but beyond that, his future is still very much uncertain, and a loan move might be the only way for him to get some consistent minutes under his belt.
Speaking on the latest edition of the E&S Wolves podcast, when asked by a fan if the club were ‘scared’ to send him out on loan in case he doesn’t perform well and his value dropped, Keen talked about how Wolves might feel about loaning out the youngster.
He stated that there are a lot of factors for the club to consider before allowing him to go out, before claiming that he might only leave the club under certain circumstances:
“I’m not sure if scared is probably the right word, I imagine they’re probably a little bit apprehensive of it. And they have to consider a lot of different factors for the right decision, for the player and for the club. And all the factors that we’ve discussed on here over the last few weeks about, confidence and somewhere he’d actually be able to play and things like that. So they’ve got to take all that into account.
“I think it’s fair to say that if they can replace him, it’s certainly not off the table, it’s not totally impossible it’ll happen. I’m not convinced it will, but I don’t think it’s impossible.”
TIF Thoughts on Liam Keen’s comments on Fabio Silva at Wolves…
Should Wolves keep Fabio Silva?
This window really does feel like a make-or-break situation for Silva, as it could be crucial for where he plays moving forward.
He was given a chance at regular football last season and did a respectable job, scoring six goals and grabbing three assists, so there is potential for him to be something in the Premier League, he just needs to get the minutes under his belt to prove what he can do.
It seems unlikely that he’ll get it at Molineux this season, but that doesn’t mean the club should give up on him completely. After all the money that they invested in him, it would be a shame to just throw him away so soon, so a loan should be the priority just to get him some minutes.
Then he can come back next season and challenge again for a place in the Wolves side, only this time he might have matured enough to become more prominent in the first-team picture.