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When Fabio Silva signed for the Wolves, his eyebrows rose.
Sporting the luscious hairstyle of a Renaissance muse, the 18-year-old walked through the gates of Molineux for a hefty fee of £ 35.6m.
The price the wolves paid to Porto was a club record fee, but unlike Raúl Jiménez – his previous record-breaking purchase – he’s been a massive flop.
Of course, the club paid for the potential here, but for a player of that price, you’d want goals galore.
Silva just hasn’t produced that yet at Old Gold. The Portuguese has barely scored one time for the Wolves, a penalty, and they have missed a succession of wonderful opportunities.
The teenager is brimming with talent, but for the moment, he’s proving he doesn’t have what it takes to lead the line week after week in the top flight.
Should Silva be dropped?
No one would have predicted that Jiménez would suffer such a horrendous injury, but it says a lot about recruiting policy in the Midlands. In hindsight, spending so much money on Silva wasn’t worth it. His performance against Everton on Monday almost summed up his terrible stay thus far.
When Nuno Santo’s men fell in a 2-1 loss, Silva was virtually anonymous, not offering much in the final third. The young man won alone 12.5% of the duels in which he played and only had one lonely goal attempt on target.
If that wasn’t bad enough, he received possession just 21 times and made as few as nine passes throughout the game. For context, that is less than goalkeeper Rui Patricio, someone who managed sixteen pass.
Silva cut an incredibly isolated figure in Molineux and struggled to get into the game. His relentless career is no doubt, but with the ball, it was another frustrating night for the striker.
However, the lack of service will also be alarming. It’s hard to completely criticize the forward because the Wolves were missing Daniel Podence and Adama Traore.
Those two players are capable of wreaking havoc on an opponent’s baseline, individuals who can take markers away from Silva and make room for him to score more goals.
Time will tell if he improves with better teammates around him. Although, for the moment, he needs to be removed from the line of fire.