Wolves’ new signing Fabio Silva has made the 40-man shortlist for the 2020 Golden Boy award, which initially started out with 100 names.

The attacker has just joined the club from FC Porto for a reported fee of £35.6 million (BBC Sport), having enjoyed a fine 2019/20 season with the Portuguese giants.

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In 23 games he scored three goals and provided two assists – not amazing numbers on the face of it, but the teenager demonstrated impressive technical ability and hold-up play.

Clearly, his game was exciting enough to warrant a place on the Golden Boy shortlist.

Such recognition is a further suggestion that Wolves really do have a gem on their hands.

 

For perspective, some other names on the 2020 shortlist include Erling Haaland, Eduardo Camavinga, Dominic Szoboszlai, Mason Greenwood, Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka.

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The Golden Boy shortlist always gives a decent barometer of who the top youngsters are in world football, and for Wolves to have a representative is very exciting.

Exciting Silva needs Nuno nurturing

With Silva’s potential abundantly clear given his fee and recognition as a top 40 youngster, it’s important for the club to manage him correctly.

He seemingly has all the tools to make it to the very top, and Nuno Espirito Santo can help get the best out of him.

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