Stan Collymore has suggested that Wolves youngster Fabio Silva is in need of a loan move.

The 18-year-old has been thrown in at the deep end recently, after Raul Jimenez suffered a fractured skull against Arsenal.

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The Mexican is out for the foreseeable future, and Nuno Espirito Santo’s hand has been somewhat forced regarding the integration of Silva to the starting XI.

The starlet likely wasn’t supposed to be seeing this much action this early following his £35.6 million transfer from FC Porto (BBC Sport).

But the manager has given him a few chances now, and it’s clear to see just how raw he is.

On Twitter, Collymore said: “Michael Owen was ready at 17. Silva isn’t yet. I like the kid, will probably go on and have a great career, an all round potentially very good striker.

“But you can see he’s nowhere near developed his toolkit to come into top level English football. Go and get a good loan in!”

 

Wolves can’t sanction Silva loan

It would probably be ill-advised for the club to allow Silva to leave on loan somewhere this month.

Despite the return of Patrick Cutrone Wolves are still light in terms of attacking options.

He might be very raw at the moment, but Silva can still get minutes from the bench and maybe start the odd game here and there, as Cutrone himself needs to get up to speed.

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It’s a tricky period the club need to get through, and to send Silva away and rely on Cutrone and the likes of Pedro Neto and Adama Traore to play through the middle would be a big gamble – at least Silva is a natural centre-forward.

Wolves should keep him in the first-team set up for now, see how he gets on for the rest of the season and then decide whether to loan him out for 2021/22 based on his development.

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