Former Molineux striker Chris Iwelumo gave a positive word on Fabio Silva, after the teenager’s substitute appearance against Manchester City for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 18-year-old started on the bench at the Etihad Stadium, along with fellow striker Willian Jose, but was sent into the action early in the second-half as Nuno Espirito Santo sought to give his side more of an outlet.

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The manager had gone with Adama Traore, Pedro Neto and Nelson Semedo up top as an interchanging front three.

They were all very quiet, but that was to be expected given City’s quality.

On 55 minutes Silva replaced Jonny, which prompted Ki-Jana Hoever to move to left wing-back and Semedo to move back to his usual position.

 

In the eyes of Iwelumo, it was a positive change and the youngster did well.

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He said (Wolves official): “The second-half was a much better account of ourselves. Fabio Silva coming on gave us a bit of an outlet which was better.

“Neto and Traore were much better because they played with an idea, with a plan and were direct. The quality shone through, although we still want more.”

Another positive Silva cameo

His introduction was something of a surprise, but Silva did indeed do quite well when he went on.

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The £80,000-a-week youngster (Spotrac) was an outlet as Iwelumo says, and he was at the forefront of Wolves’ best period in the match following Conor Coady’s equaliser.

Neto and Traore did grow in confidence after he came on following a somewhat aimless first-half, and he’ll have done his starting prospects against Aston Villa no harm at all.

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