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Lage says Fabio Silva is a good example for Chiquinho to follow

Bruno Lage has been asked for his plans for Chiquinho, who was signed by Wolves from Estoril during the January transfer window.

The Molineux boss told the Express and Star it depends on the player’s development, and said that the club had been tracking him for around a year.

He also claimed that teenager Fabio Silva provides a good example for the new forward to learn from as he looks to establish himself at Molineux.

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“Chiquinho is a good player and the club followed him a long time ago, around one year ago. He is a player for the present and a player for the future. These are the kind of players the club should look at,” he said.

“We also need some good players for now to build that team we want. The main point is to continue the way we are working and to help the team to improve. (He needs) to try to adapt as soon as possible to the new culture and new style.

“We decided now is a good chance to bring him to us and he has four months to adapt, train with his team-mates, to know the club, the culture, the city, the system and the way we train. If he has any chance also to understand the intensity of playing in the Premier League. It depends on the player and what answers they give us every day.

“Players can learn and train and then they are more ready to play. A good example is Fabio, that’s why he was playing 10 or 15 minutes, because now I can really see he is doing the things the way I like. He can do the press the way I like, and his running, with a good mentality for the team.”

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Lage has been patient with certain players this season, including Silva, 19, who he has held back until he has made the necessary improvements.

Chiquinho plays in an area of the pitch where Wolves have good options and that means that there is no pressure on Lage to rush him into action.

We wrote about the forward’s impressive U23 display against Reading this week and whether it has given Lage food for thought, having left him out of the last three Premier League squads.