Wolves captain Conor Coady moved to praise Fabio Silva yesterday, after the teenager started his third game in a row in the Premier League.
Bruno Lage threw a bit of curveball at Turf Moor, with the teamsheet showing both Silva and Raul Jimenez lining up in attack for the visitors.
It is the first time the pair have both started.
Silva was deployed through the middle, with Jimenez operating as a right winger, but tucked in slightly to allow for overlaps from Nelson Semedo.
Ultimately, it didn’t really work. Arguably though, Silva was the best performer out of the three forwards that started.
He was taken off for Pedro Neto in the second-half, and was slightly unlucky to make way really.
The away fans chanted his name after he went off, which told its own story.
It was a lively showing from Silva, and Coady ensured to talk up the 19-year-old after the game.
He said (Wolves official): “We know what he brings us. He’s a young lad who is working every single day. He’s been fantastic since he came in. He works so, so hard to improve and get better, and you see that now.
“We know when he comes into the team, he’ll do a job, and that’s what he’s doing at the minute. It’s important he keeps learning, keeps listening, and hopefully we can keep on helping him.”
Silva is still yet to score for the club this season.
But it’s likely he’ll get more opportunities to break his duck in the next few weeks.
Fabio Silva did well in Burnley defeat, and he doesn’t deserve dropping
There was a lot to like about Silva’s display at Turf Moor.
It was a slight surprise that he started given the return of Jimenez. But in the end, he actually upstaged the Mexican, who admittedly was playing an unusual role.
He made some brilliant runs and linked up well with those around him. And he was tireless and energetic, as he usually is when he comes on as a substitute.
It’s Brighton up next for Wolves. And Silva arguably did enough to warrant a fourth consecutive start.