Wolves ran out 1-0 winners against Manchester United last night – and there was a lively cameo at the end from Fabio Silva.
The teenager has been a regular on the bench for Wolves so far this term under Bruno Lage.
With Raul Jimenez having recovered from his head injury last season, the Mexican has played the bulk of the games so far.
Silva has had to make do with only substitute appearances in the Premier League. He has started just a couple of times in the Carabao Cup.
Last night, Lage showed a bit more faith in the youngster than he has in previous weeks.
He sent him on to replace Jimenez while the game was still delicately balanced at 0-0.
But Silva’s introduction would ultimately lead to Wolves scoring.
He held the ball up well to find Ruben Neves, who lofted a pass out wide that Adama Traore got on the end of.
The Spaniard crossed, and Phil Jones could only head away as far as Joao Moutinho, who struck what would be the winning goal.
In his 10 or so minutes on the pitch, Silva showed a real hunger to make a difference.
He drew fouls, ran the channels and linked up well with those around him.
At one point he did give away a late free-kick for a high foot on Phil Jones. But Jose Sa was on hand to deny Bruno Fernandes much to Silva’s relief.
It really was as good a 10-minute cameo as Wolves fans probably could have hoped for.
Fabio Silva deserves a chance in the Premier League for Wolves
Silva deserves big credit for the way he played last night.
Things have not been easy for him recently, and there has been some talk about him potentially being loaned out.
Raul Jimenez was perhaps the one Wolves player who struggled a little at times last night. Although he did still play fairly well on the whole. He arguably just wasn’t as brilliant as the others.
Wolves have a game against Sheffield United in the FA Cup next, which Silva will probably start.
But the 19-year-old should really now get a chance against Southampton in the next Premier League fixture.
He has earned the chance to at least show where he’s at.
Jeff Shi raved about the starlet last May, calling him one of top youngsters in football.
He will no doubt be hoping to see Fosun’s big investment kick on.