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Wolves must axe Portuguese striker Fabio Silva against Burnley

Wolves head into their clash with Burnley with the bit between their teeth.

After back to back defeats, they sensationally beat Chelsea at Molineux, putting the Premier League high-flyers to the sword in a 2-1 victory.

On the chalkboard

Nuno Santo has a pretty big dilemma as his side get ready to travel to Turf Moor on Monday evening.

His side have swapped between a three-man and four-man backline over the last month or so but it was the switch back to their tried and tested system that worked so well against Chelsea.

Consequently, the head coach will probably go with the three-man defence once again when they head up north.

That being said, who plays in attack alongside the effervescent Pedro Neto is interesting. Of course, Raul Jimenez is still out and recovering from a fractured skull which means that in any normal scenario Fabio Silva would take his place.

The club-record signing is enjoying his first real run in the Premier League side but it hasn’t proven altogether very fruitful.

Should Fabio Silva be dropped?



No way

No way

He may have scored twice in the EFL trophy but he is yet to come close to netting when it really matters in the top-flight.

The solution

When Wolves forked out £35.6m for the young Portuguese striker, they knew they were paying for the potential more than the instant impact.

However, little did Nuno know that just months into the new season they’d be without their talisman in Jimenez.

Silva has yet to produce much and failed to have a single shot against Chelsea’s stern defence.

Therefore, we have to worry about how he’ll shape up against Burnley – a side known for being bullies – especially with James Tarkowski and Ben Mee at the back.

The teenager is new to the English game and a trip to Turf Moor is unlikely to be too welcoming for him. After all, Tarkowski has won 4.7 aerial duels per game this season compared to Silva’s meagre tally of just 0.6 a match.

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This game isn’t set up for Silva to thrive and as a result, Nuno must take the ruthless decision to axe his £80k-a-week forward.

Against Chelsea, the manager favoured a two-prong attack so Adama Traore could quite easily come in. Possessing immense physicality, he could be exactly what the Old Gold need to upset a rugged Burnley backline in the absence of Jimenez.

AND in other news, Nuno made a COLOSSAL blunder over “exciting” £40.5m star…

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