Wolves could reportedly attempt to bring Fabio Silva back to the club in January.

The young striker is currently on loan at Belgian outfit Anderlecht, and has enjoyed a productive spell so far.

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Wolves agreed a deal for him to go there in a bid to try and increase his minutes and have him score some goals.

His first two years at Molineux were tricky. He was thrust into the starting XI in his first season following the injury to Raul Jimenez, and it was clear he wasn’t really ready.

Bruno Lage then put complete faith in Jimenez last season, meaning Silva didn’t have too many chances.

So he was loaned out in the summer, and so far for Anderlecht, he’s scored nine goals and made three assists in 26 appearances.

Anderlecht have had a pretty underwhelming start to the 2022/23 season. Currently, the club sit 11th. But Silva is enjoying a good campaign personally.

Some Wolves fans have wondered whether he could be recalled in January.

Currently, there is no clause for Wolves to do that.

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But The Athletic have reported this morning that the club may look to try and negotiate with Anderlecht.

Apparently, Wanderers could negotiate a buyout of the second half of the loan agreement.

Essentially, Wolves would pay a fee to Anderlecht for the cancellation of the loan and his return to Molineux.

The decision will be down to new manager Julen Loeptegui.

The Spaniard must decide whether to turn to the youngster, or potentially dip into the transfer market.

Wolves should not be tempted to bring Fabio Silva back from his loan spell at Anderlecht

This doesn’t feel like the right call by Wolves.

Lopetegui might fancy working with the youngster, but at the moment the £35 million star is playing regularly for Anderlecht and that is a crucial thing for his development.

And he’s been scoring goals, which will have done wonders for his confidence.

It doesn’t make sense to take him out of an environment where he’s doing really well. Potentially, doing that will set him back and slow his development.

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A couple of years ago, the club recalled Morgan Gibbs-White from Swansea City, but then didn’t really use him that much. Gibbs-White then spent a full season with Sheffield United and absolutely thrived.

Of course, Lopetegui could always make Silva a regular starter for Wolves. But it feels unlikely he would do that. That would be putting huge pressure on the youngster.

Wanderers should consider dipping into the transfer market. Loaning in a striker might be the best thing to do in the current situation.

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