Many sets of eyebrows were raised when Wolves allowed Fabio Silva to join Anderlecht on loan.

The teenager had struggled for minutes at Molineux in his first two seasons, with Raul Jimenez the main man at Molineux.

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Last term, Jimenez had difficulty getting back to the player he was before his skull fracture.

And Silva actually did show signs of promise when he came on as a substitute in games.

But the decision was made to loan him out, and Jimenez then sustained a knee and adductor injury, meaning Bruno Lage had to go into 2022/23 without a recognised centre-forward.

Perhaps inevitably, Silva would make a fantastic start at Anderlecht while Wolves struggled in the final third.

The youngster announced his arrival in Belgium with a goal just minutes after coming off the bench for his debut against Oostende.

He lashed in a strike into the far corner, and it gave the impression he was a man determined to make the most of any chances he got.

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Silva then scored against Seraing and Sint-Truiden, and also bagged against OH Leuven at the start of this month.

Silva has also been in fine fettle in Europe, scoring three goals in the Conference League.

As well as scoring seven goals across all competitions so far, Silva has also laid on a couple of assists, indicating his creative side.

Former Anderlecht star Marc Degryse was really impressed with Silva last month.

The 57-year-old went as far as to say Silva was the best finisher Anderlecht had signed in years.

Belgian journalist Claudio Reulens believes Silva is already one of the top centre-forwards in Belgium and can scored 15-20 goals in 2022/23. He also notes that Silva has been improving from a physical standpoint and is already a favourite with the fans (via Birmingham Mail).

Silva has certainly been pulling his weight for Anderlecht, who probably would have hoped to be higher in the table. They sit eighth after nine games and are currently four points off the top four.

A fantastic start for Fabio Silva at Anderlecht – Wolves officials will be delighted

Seven goals and two assists in 15 appearances and regular game time for Silva is about as good as Wolves officials could have hoped for.

This season is all about Silva playing football and gaining confidence after a tough first couple of years at Molineux.

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He seems to be really enjoying his time in Belgium so far.

The quality of some of his goals has been really high, and it is brilliant to see him being allowed to flourish.

It bodes well for Silva coming back to Wolves next year and perhaps becoming a regular starter at Molineux for the first time.

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