Wolves striker Fabio Silva helped himself to a hat-trick last night for the Portugal U21s against Liechtenstein.
The teenager was one of the standout players, in a thumping 9-0 win for the team.
It has been a frustrating time of late for Silva.
The youngster went the whole of 2021/22 without scoring for Wolves.
He struggled for minutes, with Bruno Lage regularly turning to Raul Jimenez and sometimes even selecting the likes of Hwang Hee-chan and Daniel Podence through the middle.
It has therefore been difficult for Silva to gather momentum.
He played just 852 minutes for the first-team in total. In 2020/21, when Jimenez was mostly injured, Silva played 1675.
Last night, Silva demonstrated really good positioning to get his goals.
He scored with a header from a corner to open the scoring after just three minutes.
He then added a second before the half-hour mark, stooping for another header at the back post, showing bravery as he could have taken a kick to the face.
And he completed his hat-trick on 57 minutes, turning in a cross with a volley on the swivel from close range.
There was also a goal for former Molineux loanee Vitinha, who made it 6-0.
Fabio Silva must kick on from Portugal U21s hat-trick
It is fantastic to see Silva getting a hat-trick for his country.
It has not been easy for him lately at Wolves, and he will have been really frustrated to finish the 2021/22 season without scoring.
He will obviously face much more challenging opposition in the future, but Silva still showed really good striker’s instincts to get his goals last night.
It just goes to show that if he can be really dangerous with the right service.
It remains to be seen if Silva will get more chances to prove himself for Wolves in 2022/23, or if he may be sent out on loan.