€40m flop in England, Fàbio Silva crushes everything in Anderlecht!


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Record transfer arrived against 40 million euros in Wolverhampton when he was only 18 years old, Fàbio Silva did not have the expected success. Compared to Cristiano Ronaldo from the age of 15, the young striker did not manage to experience the same success in England as his idol. In two seasons with Wolves, he played only 62 matches for only 25 starts, 4 goals and 6 offerings. Preceded by Raul Jiménez and Hwang Hee Chan in particular, the striker knew he had to leave the English club to get more playing time for his progress. Now 20, Fàbio Silva has joined Anderlecht on loan. The one who was the youngest player to wear the Porto jersey nevertheless gave a glimpse of a lot of optimism within the Belgian club.

“Fábio is known to be one of the most talented strikers of his generation in Europe. He combines physical intensity and grit with the ability to score goals. Although he has just turned 20, he already has two years of experience in the Premier League. Fábio’s arrival is important because we have a lot of games to play in a short time and because we want to be competitive on all three fronts. » explained the executive president of the Mauves Peter Verbeke on the arrival of the Portuguese. Wearing the number 99 on his back, Fabio Silva has already shown that he had to be counted on. Entering 9 minutes against Oostende for his first league match, the Portuguese already found the net in a 2-0 victory. His coach, Felice Mazzù procrastinated a lot and did not want to give in to the flames: “Fábio Silva is still slightly behind physically, because he was not with us during the preparation. He still has work to do.” Two weeks later, the first assessment is striking.

More goals at Anderlecht than at Wolverhampton

Entering 45 minutes in a 1-0 defeat (Anderlecht’s only one currently) against Cercle Bruges, he became a starter alongside another young talent, the Italian Sebastiano Esposito (20). Something to feed optimism for his coach Felice Mazzù: “Fabio Silva puts in a high class goal. But last week, Sebastiano was in the spotlight. It’s good that it’s one and then the other, because we will need everyone. Are they complementary? Yes, they can be. But Fabio has just arrived. I don’t want to rush anything. We have to move forward calmly.” Promising beginnings which are confirmed more and more… Chaining the goals in the 4 matches that followed, against Seraing (3-1) and Saint-Trond (3-0) in the league, and the Estonians of Paide Linnameeskond in the Europa League Conference (2-0 and 3-0), the Portuguese already has 5 goals and 2 offers in 6 games, being decisive every 48 minutes. He has already scored more with Anderlecht than in the Wolverhampton jersey and shows great promise for the rest of the season.

The main interested party in any case feels fulfilled in a championship and a team that will give him more room to express himself: “I’m happy with the three points and the role I played. But when you’re surrounded by such players, it’s not difficult. Take Refaelov, for example. He’s so smart, always finds the spaces. You just have to make the right runs and the ball arrives. On the side of Wolverhampton, we do not forget its potential and the fact that it is a dry loan. Coach Bruno Lage was satisfied with the debut of his nugget in Belgium: “I hope he can grow and become important for us next season […] I hope he will take the same path as Morgan Gibbs-White. We loaned him to Swansea for six months and then to Sheffield United for a season. Today, at 22, he is a top player. Last year he didn’t score a single goal, now he has scored four (five now, editor’s note). It’s about finding the best environment to keep growing, being happy and scoring goals. Sometimes a different environment can help. Fabio left, but extended his contract. He is still our player and we are happy about that.” In search of lost time, Fàbio Silva has already won the hearts of the Mauves and will try to confirm all the potential glimpsed for years.

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