Fabio Silva has had his critics throughout his first season in English football, but one man is a huge admirer of the Wolverhampton Wanderers youngster.
Chairman Jeff Shi has been speaking about the teenager as part of the club’s Q&A session with senior management members, which is being released in four parts over official channels.
Silva played far more than was intended in 2020/21, with Raul Jimenez’s injury meaning Nuno Espirito Santo had to put his faith in the starlet.
Willian Jose was brought in on loan in January and for a while Nuno persisted with the Brazilian.
But towards the end of the campaign, Silva got more starts, and did have a few very promising performances.
He finished the season with four Premier League goals to his name, and Shi hailed the youngster for his efforts, before making a rather big claim.
He said (Wolves official): “I want to say, Fabio at the beginning I thought he is the top player at his age in the world.
“Now, I think it has even proved that, because not so many 18-year-olds have played in the Premier League, score four goals, five goals, and maybe you can hear more names around the world, OK some wonderkid here or there, but no one is playing the same as Fabio is doing now in the league, in the toughest league in the world.
“You can do something maybe in Germany, in Portugal, but it’s different from the Premier League, so I still keep my position, I say that he is at least top three, or top one, best wonderkid in the world at his age.”
Shi went on to praise Silva’s character and personality, and reckons he can one day become of the best players in the Premier League.
Shi support will mean the world to Silva
Rival fans will undoubtedly mock Shi for his comments, and probably a very small number of Wolves fans too.
But it’s great to hear him heaping the praise on Silva.
The pressure on him to deliver is huge given his price tag, and so for Shi to say what he’s said is bound to give Silva a lot of confidence.