Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Wolves: Lopetegui could repeat Lage blunder

An update has emerged on Wolves‘ on-loan striker Fabio Silva, which could see Julen Lopetegui repeat a mistake made by Bruno Lage during his time at Molineux.

Despite Wolves’ struggles in front of goal last season, Lage made the decision during the summer to send Silva out on loan to Anderlecht but found himself without a natural striker at the club after injuries to Raul Jimenez and new signing Sasa Kalajdzic.

While Diego Costa was brought in as a free agent, he has proven to be a panic signing as he has failed to contribute a single goal or assist in his 11 appearances thus far.

Considering Wolves spent £35.6m on Silva in 2020, fans would surely have preferred to see him given a consistent run in the side to aid his development, rather than trusting in a veteran forward who looks well past his best.

It was no surprise therefore that the Old Gold continued to look lost in front of goal, as while things are slowly improving under Lopetegui, the Midlands club are still comfortably the lowest scorers in the division.

Meanwhile, Silva has blossomed in Belgium, hitting 11 goals and four assists in 32 appearances for Anderlecht, which suggests that he may have boosted his confidence ahead of a potential return to Wolves.

Express and Star journalist Liam Keen has now reported that the 20-year-old could be on the move to a different side this month, which could be a mistake by Lopetegui considering his decent goalscoring form this campaign.

Keen said on Tuesday: “Breaking: Clubs from the top tiers of Spain, Italy and Holland have all made enquiries to take Fabio Silva on loan until the end of the season. He could leave Anderlecht this month.”

Lopetegui may have added Matheus Cunha to his ranks and welcomed Jimenez back from injury but Wolves have still struggled in front of goal, scoring just nine times in eight games under the Spanish manager.

Although Silva managed just four strikes and six assists in his 62 previous appearances for Wolves, this spell at Anderlecht has seen him become the main man and he will undoubtedly return to Molineux a better player.

1 of 10
Bruno Lage on the touchline for Wolves.

1. Wolves kick-started 2022 with an impressive win over Manchester United at Old Trafford, who scored the winner?

Conor Coady was full of praise for the Portugal U21 international in 2022, saying:

“We know what he brings us. He’s a young lad who is working every single day. He’s been fantastic since he came in. He works so, so hard to improve and get better, and you see that now. We know when he comes into the team, he’ll do a job, and that’s what he’s doing at the minute.”

Therefore, the youngster could definitely have played a part in keeping Wolves up in the second half of the season, meaning it would be incredibly disappointing to see Lopetegui ship him out on loan again this month, potentially repeating the mistake made by Lage during the summer.