Molineux news: "Very skilled" Wolves star may struggle to meet Bruno Lage's demand

Wolves boss Bruno Lage acknowledging the club's fans

Journalist Luke Hatfield doubts whether Wolves striker Fabio Silva can fit in at the club this season following Bruno Lage's comments last month.

Silva arrived at Molineux for £36m in September 2020, but has yet to live up to his hefty price-tag, having scored just four times in 42 appearances.

What did Lage say?

After making an indifferent start to the season, Lage was asked for his initial impression of his Wolves squad in mid-September. 

As quoted by The Express & Star, he replied: “There’s a good environment here. I have only good things to say about these guys. Competitive, good guys.

“But I said to them ‘boys, when you play the other teams, they need to feel we are not nice guys. They need to feel you are a hard team to beat.’ They need to feel it.

“When you have the ball, try to find the way to score goals. When you lose the ball, the other guys need to feel you are a hard team to play against.”



What has Hatfield said about Silva after Lage's comments?

It seems clear that Lage wants his team to be difficult to break down, rather than being a soft touch. This could mean that the players need to show their nasty streak. Hatfield is unsure as to whether Silva has this in him.

He told GIVEMESPORT: “You look at the likes of Fabio Silva. Is he really a nasty player? I think he’s very skilled, still very young and raw.”

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Is Silva too nice to succeed at Wolves?

Silva certainly doesn't seem to be a major part of Lage's plans at the moment. He has played just 17 minutes of top-flight football this season, with the likes of Raul Jimenez and Hee-chan Hwang evidently ahead of him in the pecking order.

Whether that's because Silva is too nice to get into the team is less obvious, but it would be fair to say that he hasn't exactly imposed himself over the past 12 months in the Midlands.

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Considering he stands at 6 foot 1, some may expect Silva to offer some physicality to the team, but that has not been the case. He has shown glimpses of his talent, and it must be remembered that he is still only a teenager, so it would be harsh to write him off already.

However, he may need to start getting more involved in games, battling for every ball and putting in the hard yards if he ever wants to make the grade under Lage. 

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