Many eyes are on Wolves youngster Fabio Silva at the moment.

The striker has been thrust into the starting XI to cover for the injured Raul Jimenez after the Mexican’s awful head injury at Arsenal in November.

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Nuno Espirito Santo likely didn’t anticipate using him this much so soon after joining for a reported £35.6 million from FC Porto last summer (BBC Sport).

But the situation is what it is, and Silva is now in the thick of it for Wolves.

It’s a huge task for him to replace one of the Premier League’s most complete centre-forwards.

Some people are losing sight of how young and inexperienced he is amid the collective struggles of the team.

He’s trying his best and is showing glimpses of quality, but he is obviously very raw.

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But there is a current success story in the Wolves squad that suggests patience with Silva will be rewarded.

 

Neto proof Silva can shine for Wolves

Silva arrived at Molineux having played just 24 times in 2019/20 for Porto.

Those were mainly substitute appearances so he really was arriving in the Black Country with very little experience of senior football.

But someone else who had a similar experience was Pedro Neto.

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The winger arrived at Wolves in the summer of 2018 having featured even less than Silva. He made five appearances for the Serie A side, equating to just 55 minutes of time on the pitch.

Like Silva, £50,000-a-week star Neto (Spotrac) was raw in his first season in the Premier League.

But he is clearly now very at home in the English top-flight and has undoubtedly been the club’s standout player in 2020/21.

Some have doubts about whether Silva can cut it, but Neto’s rise is a suggestion he will eventually come good.

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