Fabio Silva is hoping to be named as a starter for this weekend’s game with Aston Villa.
The striker has had to play second fiddle to Raul Jimenez pretty much all season, and has only started two Premier League games so far.
But he’s in with a shout of being picked to face Villa, with the Mexican suspended.
Jimenez was sent off in controversial fashion against Leeds United before the international break.
He’s going to miss the next two matches, starting with Saturday’s game with Villa at Molineux.
Silva has had to be patient for chances this season. But he’s just scored for the Portugal U21s against Greece, and will be really hoping Bruno Lage gives him a chance off the back of it.
He was on target in the 4-0 win over Greece, and he also won a penalty for his side in that game.
So ideal preparation as club football returns.
Silva appears to be feeling defiant ahead of the game, writing on social media ‘Prove yourself to yourself not others’.
Clearly, the 19-year-old is focused on nothing but himself and working hard.
And that’s exactly what he needs to do.
Silva has had a fairly tough time since he joined the club in the summer of 2020. But he’s still so young, and he never chose his price tag.
Hopefully he is finding it easier to manage that.
Fabio Silva should be starting against Aston Villa
Silva should 100% be starting against Villa on Saturday, especially having just scored for his country.
He actually did fairly well in the defeat to West Ham United in February. He was certainly nowhere near the worst player that day.
He really wants to prove himself at Molineux, and so it’s paramount he starts when Jimenez is not available.
Hopefully he’s feeling confident after his great goal for Portugal.