Stan Collymore has explained why he feels Wolverhampton Wanderers youngster Fabio Silva needs a loan move away from Molineux.
The West Midlands club broke their transfer record in September by signing the forward for £36.5million (BBC) from Porto.
Aged 18, the Portuguese attacker is viewed as a star in the making, but Raul Jimenez’s spell on the sidelines has meant there has been no time to really ease him in.
He’s scored one goal in just 15 games across all competitions so far in a Wolves shirt, which is perhaps understandable for someone so young and with little experience.
Collymore has high hopes for the player that Silva may become in the future, but claimed on Twitter that he feels he’d be best learning out on loan.
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! https://t.co/d0WAIb9dB1
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) January 14, 2021
Silva leaving this month on loan is surely out of the question, as Wolves have had to recall forward Patrick Cutrone from his loan to try add some attacking ammunition.
It’s unclear on when Jimenez will be in contention again and his absence makes a massive difference.
Silva needs to continue battling away for the rest of the season, but manager Nuno Espirito Santo should plan for a loan next year.
The teenager is an upcoming striker that is still developing both physical, technically and mentally, so learning on the job as a starting striker in the Premier League is going to be tough.
He’s shown enough to the Wolves fanbase to suggest his future is bright and it must be stressed he’s only 18 despite his price tag.