John Richards knows a thing or two about what it’s like to lead the line for Wolves.
He also knows what it’s like to come into the Old Gold team as a teenager, just like Fabio Silva’s been asked to do this season.
Ideally, he would have been gradually introduced to the first team, dipping in and out when Raul Jimenez needed a rest.
But the Mexican hitman’s injury means he’s played more than expected and Edwards told the Express and Star he sympathised with the club-record signing.
“He’s played when he shouldn’t have played because with all the best will in the world, he would have been the back-up to Jimenez. He’s been pushed into that position probably sooner than Nuno would have liked.”
“He’s done very well in the circumstances. He’s still 18. I got into the team when I was 19, played three or four games, and then was back in the reserves the following season.
Then, the season after that was when it all clicked. I’d had the best part of 18 months, learning how to be a first-team player.
“Fabio has not had that time. He’s been thrust into it, but he’s a good player. “Next season he will show us how good he is – he’s good anyway for an 18-year-old. It will happen for him.”
Silva came in at the start of the most frantic season in Premier League history.
On top of that, Wolves had no pre-season to speak of because of their Europa League exploits last term.
And he had to cope with the pressure of being a record signing without much first-team experience and then come in and play every game when Jimenez was out.
So it’s not been easy at all for Silva and Richards is right to say he should get a lot better next season.
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