Wolves are through to the FA Cup fourth round – and today was a great afternoon for young Fabio Silva.
The teenager striker was handed a rare start by Bruno Lage for the game with Sheffield United.
The manager decided to rest Raul Jimenez, and put his faith in Silva for whom minutes have been hard to come by this season.
This was his 12th appearance of the season and only his third start. So, it was important for him to make an impression.
And he certainly did that.
Silva did excellently well leading the line, showing great link-up play with Daniel Podence in particular.
The star produced a number of flicks and through balls, and came close to scoring with a lovely lob in the first-half.
You could tell he was growing in confidence as the game wore on, and it was great to see things coming off for him.
It’s been a tricky season for Silva so far, but this performance will do him a world of good. As will the standing ovation he deservedly received when he made way for Raul Jimenez.
Recently, there was a report from The Athletic which claimed Wolves officials were considering sending Silva out on loan somewhere.
But on the evidence of today, that is something that simply should not be on the table.
Fabio Silva takes his chance for Wolves against Sheffield United
It was about as good a display as Wolves fans could have hoped for from Silva.
Given his lack of minutes so far this term, Silva played with a real assurance today. His touch was, for the most-part, solid, and he was on the same wavelength as those around him.
He looked a threat, and fans have been singing his praises on social media.
Hopefully he sees that, and remembers the reception he got coming off the pitch today.
He surely proved that he can have an impact for Wolves going forward.