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Fabio Silva on target for Portugal U21s as Bruno Lage mulls over how to replace Raul Jimenez for Wolves

Wolves’ next game in the Premier League is on Saturday against Aston Villa.

Wanderers will be looking to get back to winning ways, after the disappointing 3-2 defeat to Leeds United before the international break.

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And they’ll go in pursuit of three points without Raul Jimenez, who was sent off against the Whites in controversial fashion.

As it was his second dismissal of the season, the Mexican will miss Saturday’s game and also the next match after that against Newcastle United.

So Bruno Lage will no doubt have been mulling over who to replace him with.

We have seen him use two wide forwards before, and also Daniel Podence as a false nine.

Quite a few people would like to see Fabio Silva come in. He is obviously the only other actual centre-forward in the squad, and some feel it’s his time to shine.

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And Silva might just have sent a message to Lage back at Compton Park, with the youngster scoring for the Portugal U21s tonight.

Silva struck on the stroke of half-time against Greece, finishing superbly from a tight able from an inch-perfect pass from Fulham’s Fabio Carvalho.

He also won a penalty, which was converted by Fabio Vieira, during a convincing 4-0 victory.

Silva has yet to score for Wolves this season.

But he has obviously not had a great deal of game time due to the presence of Jimenez.

Fabio Silva should start against Villa after goal for Portugal U21s

Lage might be tempted to go with more experienced options at Molineux for the visit of Villa.

But Silva deserves a chance to start.

He was signed for big money, and should really be playing when Jimenez is unavailable.

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He actually did fairly well against West Ham United last month. He just lacked support at the London Stadium.

Hopefully he is buoyed by the goal he scored for Portugal this evening, and he can go into the game with Villa nice and confident.

Ideally it can be the turning point for him, as the season enters its closing stages.