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FPL breakthroughs: Silva can thrive in Wolves' new system

The Scout 22 Jul 2021
Fabio Silva, Wolves

The Scout on why a change of tactics can boost the prospects of the Portuguese striker

The Scout pinpoints players who can build on their performances last season and enjoy big success in 2021/22 Fantasy Premier League.

Fabio Silva (WOL) £6.0m

The Wolverhampton Wanderers forward could establish himself as a regular under new head coach Bruno Lage. 

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Silva mainly earned his minutes off the bench in his debut campaign in 2020/21, with 21 of his 32 appearances coming as a substitute.  

However, Lage looks set to change Wolves' formation and take them away from the lone-striker system they have used in the past.

The Portuguese preferred a 4-4-2 set-up during his time at Benfica, and he employed that formation in his first match in charge last weekend, partnering Silva with Raul Jimenez (£7.5m) against Crewe Alexandra.

Crewe v Wolves highlights 

Although Silva managed just four goals and three assists last term, he was still influential when on the pitch. 

When selected, he was involved in 39 per cent of the team's goals, the third-highest total of any Wolves player.

The underlying numbers also highlight Silva’s potential.

His 46 shots inside the penalty area was a team-leading total last term, despite his limited pitch time.

Silva averaged a shot inside the penalty area every 29.5 minutes, compared with the 48.5 minutes of Jimenez.

A regular role alongside the Mexican can lift Silva’s appeal as a budget striker in Fantasy, particularly when Wolves’ schedule becomes more favourable from Gameweek 4.

Also in this series

Part 1: FPL breakthroughs: Pepe a growing influence on Arsenal
Part 2: FPL breakthroughs: Castagne boosted by new role
Part 3: FPL breakthroughs: Mbeumo has early appeal
Part 5: Aarons a creative force for Norwich
Part 6: Role up front lifts Havertz potential

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