When Fabio Silva signed for Wolves, eyebrows were raised.
Sporting the luscious hairstyle of a Renaissance muse, the 18-year-old walked through the doors of Molineux for a considerable fee of £35.6m.
The price Wolves paid to Porto was a club-record fee, but unlike Raul Jimenez – their previous record buy – he has been a massive flop.
Of course, the club paid for the potential here but for a player of that price, you’d want goals in abundance.
Silva simply hasn’t produced that in the Old Gold yet. The Portuguese has scored just once for Wolves – a penalty – and has missed a succession of wonderful chances.
The teenager is full of talent but at the moment, he’s demonstrating that he doesn’t have what it takes to lead the line week in week out in the top-flight.
No one would have predicted Jimenez to sustain such a horrendous injury, but it speaks volumes about the recruitment policy in the Midlands. In hindsight, spending such money on Silva was not worth it. His performance against Everton on Tuesday just about summed up his dire stay so far.
As Nuno Santo’s men fell to a 2-1 defeat, Silva was virtually anonymous, failing to offer much in the final third. The youngster won just 12.5% of the duels he contested in and had only a solitary attempt at goal on target.
If that wasn’t bad enough, he received possession on just 21 occasions and made as few as nine passes in the whole match. For context, that’s fewer than goalkeeper Rui Patricio, someone who managed 16 passes.
Silva cut an incredibly isolated figure at Molineux and struggled to get into the game. There’s no doubting his relentless running but on the ball, it was another frustrating night for the striker.
However, the lack of service will also be alarming. It’s hard to completely criticise the forward because Wolves were lacking both Daniel Podence and Adama Traore.
Those two players are capable of causing chaos to an opposition backline, individuals who can take markers away from Silva and open up space for him to score more goals.
Time will tell whether he improves with better teammates around him. Though, for the time being, he needs to be removed from the firing line.