Fabio Silva was really thrown in at the deep end last season.
The youngster arrived at Wolverhampton Wanderers for big money from FC Porto, and the plan had been to ease him in.
But the injury to Raul Jimenez saw him play a fair bit more than was intended.
Silva made 32 appearances in the league, 11 of which were starts.
He didn’t actually feature all that much for Porto before transferring to Molineux, so Silva really was very inexperienced.
He gave it his best shot and did offer glimpses of his talent.
One thing that was fairly obvious was that Silva was quite weak, which can be a common thing in young players.
He would often get out-muscled by the more physical players in the division.
Silva, who has bulked up a bit over the summer, has named his toughest opponent from last term in an interview with Four Four Two.
He said: “[Yerry] Mina from Everton – he was the most annoying one I came up against. He’s Colombian, so I think it’s part of his culture to try to get into your head; play mind games; say things to provoke you. But I’m calm on the pitch and don’t pay attention!”
Silva is not the first to suggest £27 million man Mina (BBC Sport) tries to get in players’ heads.
Newcastle United’s Callum Wilson said last season that the South American tried putting him off a penalty against the Toffees (via talkSPORT).
Silva mustn’t rise
Silva says that he doesn’t pay attention to attempted mind games, which is good to hear.
It shows maturity, and hopefully he can keep that mindset.
Sometimes younger players can lose their heads in those kinds of situations.
Silva does seem quite level-headed though so he may not have any trouble with this.