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Wolves: Fabio Silva struggles to make an impact again in Burnley defeat

Wolverhampton Wanderers were dealt another major blow in their hunt for European qualification as Bruno Lage’s men lost 1-0 at Turf Moor to relegation-battling Burnley in the Premier League.

Matej Vydra’s second-half strike proved the difference between the two sides, with the visitors keeping 64% of the ball, but managing just four shots on target.

Having lost 1-0 to Newcastle last time out, it’s another sucker punch for the West Midlands outfit, who remain eighth. Although, they are three points behind seventh-placed West Ham with a game in hand.

No Wolves player particularly covered themselves in glory, however, it was another tough afternoon for young striker Fabio Silva.

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The 19-year-old hasn’t been short of opportunities this term, particularly recently with Raul Jimenez’s suspension, making 20 Premier League appearances thus far.

However, the trip to Turf Moor was another game that added to the Portuguese’s run without a goal this season.

During his 67-minute spell in Lancashire, the striker managed to only make a measly 21 touches, with goalkeeper Jose Sa touching the ball over twice as much with 44 touches.

The 19-year-old’s only efforts on goal ended up being two blocked shots, with none hitting the target.

As well as little threat in the final third, the Portuguese once again struggled to link up with his teammates, producing just seven successful passes with an accuracy of 54%.

There was very little defensive contribution too, with the striker losing 71% of his duels as well as offering zero blocks, clearances, interceptions or tackles.

Does Silva have a future at Wolves?

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With Silva previously labelled as a “hindrance” by Wolves journalist Liam Keen, unlocking the youngster’s potential is still a puzzle that Lage is trying to solve, with the forward’s struggles not necessarily a surprise with Wolves the Premier League’s fifth-lowest goalscorers with just 33 goals in 33 matches.

However, what will be a concern for both the Wolves manager and the fanbase is the lack of efforts on goal that the striker produces just 0.8 shots per game, compared to the 1.8 of first choice forward Jimenez, who has six goals this season.

Having paid a whopping £35.6m for Silva’s services, Fosun will be desperate to see the colossal fee justified by seeing Lage unleash the best of his young fellow countryman.

Although, the 19-year-old’s predicament is also down to him to solve, having struggled last year too with just four goals, and can no longer afford to let Lage down.

AND in other news: Wolves now plot bid to sign “unique” £31.5m-rated livewire, just imagine him & Jimenez

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