Former Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards has said that Fabio Silva is improving, but may still need a loan move this summer.
The striker has now started the last three Premier League games for Wolves.
Silva was brought in to play in place of the suspended Raul Jimenez against Aston Villa and Newcastle United.
He then kept his place in the starting XI on Sunday against Burnley, with Jimenez coming in on the right.
It was the first time the pair have both started for Wolves since Silva’s arrival at the club in 2020.
There were some promising signs in the first-half, but it ultimately didn’t work.
Silva was taken off just after the hour mark, with Pedro Neto coming on to play out wide, with Jimenez moving back into the middle.
Wolves supporters could be heard chanting Silva’s name after the substitution was made. He had arguably been Wolves’ best attacker in the game. His showing led to high praise from Conor Coady afterwards.
Despite that though, Silva still couldn’t find the net and he remains goalless for 2021/22.
In the eyes of Edwards, the 19-year-old might yet need to head out on loan for next season.
He said in his latest Express & Star column: “Fabio is improving. He’s got more minutes. But to be very critical about a teenager – which I feel harsh doing – there is going to need to be a significant improvement for him to impact that XI. It’s a big season for him, he might even need to go on loan to find his feet.”
Edwards believes that Wolves need to invest in a ‘box player’ this summer if they are to address their goalscoring woes.
“There are a lot of technically good players”, he added. “But they don’t have one of those sniffers inside the box who is going to get on the end of anything.
“A box player has to be one of the big priorities.”
Fabio Silva loan could be absolutely ideal for the teenager’s development
There is no doubt that Silva keeps improving. You can see that his movement is often really good, and you can’t knock his work-rate.
Just at the moment, he is still lacking that ruthlessness. That is perhaps to be expected given how inexperienced he still is.
You have to remember he didn’t play all that much for FC Porto’s first-team before making his big-money move to Molineux.
And then he was obviously thrust into the spotlight after the injury to Jimenez.
It’s been a rocky journey for the youngster. And it might just be that a nice, stable loan spell helps to bring on his development.
We have seen Morgan Gibbs-White thrive with Sheffield United this term. Rafa Mir also flourished last term with SD Huesca. Wolves may well hope for a similar loan success story with Silva.
It is something that officials have reportedly discussed previously.