Ruben Neves believes his Wolves teammate Fabio Silva ‘is improving a lot as a player in this moment’.

The teenager was handed a rare start by Bruno Lage in Sunday’s FA Cup third round clash with Sheffield United.

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It was a big game for Silva, who has been firmly behind Raul Jimenez in the pecking order this season.

He had impressed with his brief cameo against Manchester United. But the question was, would he be able to follow that up on his start against the Blades?

The answer was an emphatic yes.

The former FC Porto youngster was brilliant leading the line, and linked up with Daniel Podence especially well.

He was assured with his touch, carried a goal threat and made good decisions throughout.

He eventually made way for Jimenez in the second-half, leaving to a standing ovation. It was undoubtedly a good afternoon’s work from the 19-year-old.

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Things haven’t been easy for Silva, but it sounds as though he has really been working hard in recent weeks.

Lage praised him, and Neves reckons Silva is doing much better now.

He said (via Wolves’ official website): “He did really well. He’s improving as a player a lot in this moment, and he did it again. I’m happy for him, but now it’s up to him to keep improving.

“It’s all about improving to help the team and I’m sure he will.”

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Silva was fantastic against Sheffield United. But as Neves suggests, he must now build on that performance.

It sounds like he’s really been putting the work in on the training pitch.

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Hopefully he’ll be handed more minutes in the second half of 2021/22.

Lage will no doubt still fancy Jimenez to lead the line in most games. But Silva has shown he’s ready to make an impact when required. It would be great to see him potentially starting against Southampton on Saturday.

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