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Collins delivers verdict on Silva's U23 performance v Sunderland

Wolves’ record signing Fabio Silva turned out for the Under 23 side against Sunderland on Monday night.

The Portugal Under 21 international found the back of the net but James Collins’ side were beaten 3-1 at home.

In an interview with club media, Collins has commented on Silva’s performance on the night.

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“He needs to get football, the manager’s aware of that, and Fabio’s aware of that,” said Collins.

“He probably felt rusty when he played for the first-team against Tottenham last week. It shows the maturity to think he needs football, some rhythm, some games, the manager agreed.

“I was going to give him an hour and see how he was, that was the instruction, and he wanted to stay on, to play.

“I thought he worked hard, his runs were good, he looked dangerous, I thought he looked like a good player. He needs to get some rhythm, hopefully he can get that with us, and the first-team will see that.”

A runout and a goal should give Silva fitness and confidence. As Collins admitted there, the striker is a little rusty.

The next aim has to be a goal for the first team to give his belief an even bigger boost.

Obviously, with the size of the price tag and the way Wolves tried to be more thrifty this summer, more will be expected from Silva.

He remains very raw and there is a case for loaning him out in January, although that could leave Bruno Lage short on options.

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