Ian Wright believes Fabio Silva will come good for Wolves amid their struggles in 2020/21.
The teenager has been thrust into the spotlight at Molineux following the terrible injury to Raul Jimenez against Arsenal.
Silva has been seeing a fair bit of game time of late, and has now made 16 appearances for the first-team.
He’s only managed a couple of goals, which has led some to unfairly brand him not good enough.
But most people recognise that Silva didn’t choose his transfer fee and accept his tender years will mean he has a lot to learn still.
On Match of the Day on Saturday, Silva – who got Wolves’ equaliser against the Baggies – caught Wright’s eye with his movement especially, and the Arsenal legend is confident the Portuguese youngster will come good.
He said (quoted by the Birmingham Mail): “Unfortunately for him, the two goals that he’s scored for the club, he’s lost in both games. What I saw from him today was great movement. It’s what he’s going to need to do.
“Every time I saw the defenders on him in this kind of position, he’s always showing. There’s his first run and he doesn’t get it, then he goes again, then he comes back inside and then he shows his strength (to set up a shooting chance).”
“This wasn’t happening a couple of weeks back. I think he’s starting to learn very quickly and he’s going to have to. People are constantly doing the comparison with Jimenez but he’s very young.
“All this, that kind of movement, everything like that – he will score goals.”
It is so difficult for Silva just at the moment.
Replacing Jimenez given what he’s done for the club over the past couple of years is an unenviable task.
But he’s giving it his all and learning as he goes.
As Wright says, he is starting to get used to the English top-flight and hopefully the £80,000-a-week starlet (Spotrac) can really find some goalscoring rhythm sooner rather than later.