Steve Bull: Fair play to Fabio Silva

Fabio Silva is on four goals for Wolves now, so what’s stopping him from ending the season as our top goalscorer?

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Fabio Silva (left)
Wolverhampton Wanderers' Fabio Silva (left)

We’ve got four games left to play and the young lad is certainly capable of getting a couple more if he’s given the starts.

Of course, the 18-year-old has had some criticism along the way this campaign given the big price tag and how inexperienced he is.

That criticism will likely continue until he has fully matured into a bulky, solid centre forward as well.

All he is got to do, though, is keep rolling up his sleeves, doing what he is doing and scoring these goals under the radar.

Silva has said himself he is still very much in the learning phase – he knows that – but you have got to give him credit for his work-rate.

He plays with a smile on his face and has a knack of getting himself in the right positions, too.

There was a period of time where he was coming on in matches and fluffing his lines, but he kept plugging away and, in fairness, he’s got himself some goals.

Once you have that confidence, you can go from strength to strength, and we’re starting to see a bit of that with him now.

When I watch him, you can see he is always looking to play on the last man’s shoulder and make those runs in behind.

That’s what a typical striker does and sometimes, we’re not looking up enough and finding those runs.

So, that’s something we could perhaps work on going into this game with Brighton.

We go into it on the back of a 1-1 draw against Albion, of course, which was a decent result in ridiculous conditions – the ball wasn’t even bouncing at the end because of the massive downpour.

The players, to be fair to them, got through it and a draw was a fair result all things considered.

I’d just like to see us try to be a bit more expansive against the Seagulls, with the youngsters in there again after holding their own at The Hawthorns – Vitinha very confident with the ball at his feet.

The last couple of matches against Brighton at Molineux have been uneventful but maybe that youthful exuberance will make the difference this time around.

So, let’s get ready to give Brighton a proper game, get back to winning ways at home and really put that Burnley result behind us.

Another goal for Silva would top things off nicely, too.

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