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Wolves star Fabio Silva is surely a shoo-in to start against Newcastle

There were many positives to take from yesterday’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa.

Taking all three points and performing well without two key players in Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez meant it was an extremely good day at the office for Wolves.

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It was important to bounce back after the defeat to Leeds United.

There was some nervousness after Ollie Watkins scored his penalty for the visitors.

But Wanderers were able to see the game out this time, which will do wonders for the players’ confidence and mentality moving forwards.

Arguably one of the biggest positives of the day was the performance of Fabio Silva.

The youngster got the nod to lead the line in the absence of the suspended Jimenez.

He had scored for the Portugal U21s against Greece over the international break and clearly there was a feeling that he was the perfect choice for the game.

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And Silva absolutely justified Bruno Lage’s faith in him with one of his best performances in Wolves colours to date.

The teenager was a menace for the Villa backline with his movement and link-up play.

It was absolutely brilliant to see him completely get the better of Tyrone Mings in the first-half to get through one on one with Emi Martinez.

He played with creativity and confidence, and it’s crystal clear that Silva has been working hard to improve physically.

He was winning aerial duels and barging people about, something we never really saw in his first season.

Silva must start against Newcastle – and another good display there could have Jimenez worried

Silva is surely a shoo-in to keep his starting berth against Newcastle on Friday.

There is absolutely no way Lage can drop him after such a confident display

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His performance had everything apart from a goal, which is something that could come very soon if he keeps being given chances.

If Silva does get that elusive first goal against the Magpies and put in another strong performance, then it’s possible Jimenez will have to make do with a place on the bench until Silva’s form dips.