Wolves manager Bruno Lage has said today that Fabio Silva is the victim of two situations.
The striker started in the last match against Aston Villa, and did really well in the 2-1.
At the moment, Raul Jimenez is suspended and so, it’s a golden chance for Silva to get minutes and perhaps stake his claim to keep on starting.
Should he have a good game against Newcastle, it’s possible he might take Jimenez’s place in the team for the time being.
He has certainly had to be patient for chances this term.
The Villa game was only his third start in the Premier League this season.
He should get his fourth against Newcastle tomorrow night, and Lage has been speaking about the teenager ahead of the game.
He said (via Liam Keen): “He’s a victim of two situations – competing for one place with a player like Raul and in the last 31 games I’ve done 18 subs for my right and left back.
“It was very good from him (against Villa) but it means nothing if the next one is not the same level.”
Silva showed good physicality against the Villans last weekend.
If he starts again tomorrow night he’ll be coming up against the 6ft 7in Dan Burn, who will be hoping to fare better against Silva than Tyrone Mings did.
A big night for Wolves striker Fabio Silva
Tomorrow night’s game is a very big occasion for Silva.
Obviously, after this game, Jimenez will be available for selection again.
So the onus is on the £80,000-a-week star to perform and hand Lage a selection headache.
Jimenez has not been in particularly great form of late, so there is every chance that a strong showing at St. James’ Park will see him sneak ahead of the Mexican in the pecking order.