Wolverhampton Wanderers slipped to a 3-2 defeat against West Ham United last night – and it was another blank for Willian Jose.
The Brazilian striker made his 11th appearance for the club since joining from Real Sociedad on loan, but again failed to get off the mark in old gold.
Jose has been praised for bringing good link-up play and know-how to the Wolves attack, but the cutting edge has unfortunately just not been there.
In the first-half against the Hammers, Jose had an absolutely glorious chance to open his account when Daniel Podence crossed from the right wing.
The run was good, but the connection was poor and Lukasz Fabianski was able to make a save he really shouldn’t have from six yards out.
Ominously for Jose, youngster Fabio Silva was sent on by Nuno in the second-half and gave another good account of himself.
The teenager collected a lofted ball over the top from Pedro Neto and finished superbly from a tight angle to give Wolves hope of snatching a point.
A much more difficult chance, taken really well by a man who appears to be growing in confidence.
Nuno needs to start Silva
Perhaps it’s less about the shortcomings of Jose and more about the clear strides Silva has been making in recent weeks.
You can tell by watching him how determined he is to become a success for Wolves.
You don’t get that with Jose at the moment – perhaps due to him only being on loan.
At this point, Jose has had enough chances and it’s surely time for an extended run for £80,000-a-week starlet Silva (Spotrac).