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Lage explains Fabio Silva transfer plan & makes Felix comment

Bruno Lage insists Fabio Silva is part of his plans and quashed any suggestions of loaning out Wolverhampton Wanderers’ record signing.

The Wolves head coach has used Silva – a £35million acquisition from Porto in 2020 – sparingly since replacing Nuno Espirito Santo at Molineux in the summer.

The 19-year-old started both of Wolves’ Carabao Cup games and set up two goals in the 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest in August.

But Silva has only played 18 minutes across four substitute appearances in the Premier League with Lage preferring to use Raul Jimenez and Hwang Hee-chan up top.

Despite Silva’s lack of game time, Lage has dismissed the idea of the teenager leaving Wolves on loan in January.

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“Fabio is in my plans,” Lage said. “I can see him as a striker. Sometimes what’s important at this age is to not run away from the challenge. The challenge is here.

“If you’re going to find the best solutions to play, sometimes you have comfort, but football is not about comfort, it’s about fighting for what you want.

“In the end it’s good when you have the things you want, but you earn that on the pitch by training hard every day. It’s not about Fabio, because he’s working hard every day.

“Working with all the young kids, they want things to happen very quickly. I’m 45, I’m not an old guy, but in my life what I have I have worked for.

“Everyone wants to put younger players in the first team, but they need to fight and show me things.”

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One of the reasons behind Wolves’ decision to appoint Lage was his track record of developing youngsters at Benfica.

Lage handed Joao Felix his chance at Benfica, paving the way for the Portuguese wonderkid to complete a £113m transfer to Atletico Madrid.

Asked whether Silva has the potential to be as good as Felix, Lage said: “Yes, but they have different profiles. Fabio is very good in the runs between the defenders, the way he attacks the space, the way he appears in the box, first post, second post.

“Joao is different. He is a guy who comes (to the ball). Maybe they (Portugal) can play both. Fabio more like a striker, and Joao more like a forward.”

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