The Portuguese contingent at Wolverhampton Wanderers increased further this weekend as the English Premier League club signed FC Porto’s highly rated teenage striker Fábio Silva.

The 18-year-old has signed a 5-year contract at Molineux and joins a lengthy list of compatriots under the orders of Portuguese coach Nuno Espírito Santo. 

Rumours have swirled all summer that financially troubled Porto would try to cash in on their crop of promising youngsters that lifted the 2019 UEFA Youth League and who have started to enter the plans of first-team coach Sérgio Conceição.

Silva was one of the young pearls who got the most playing time as Porto became Portuguese champions in 2019/20, during which the forward successively broke records by becoming the club’s youngest ever debutant in the league, youngest starter and youngest goal-scorer.

Nevertheless, the size of the fee comes as a surprise given that Silva played just one full league match for the Dragons last season, accumulating a total of 180 minutes in the Primeira Liga, and scoring three goals in 24 matches (albeit most of which as a substitute) in all competitions.

Silva will play alongside fellow Portuguese players Rúben Neves, João Moutinho, Rui Patrício, Diogo Jota, Pedro Neto, Rúben Vinagre, Daniel Podence, Roderick Miranda and Bruno Jordão at the West Midlands club.

 

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If Sporting let a young gem
Go for 40 million before getting a real chance in the first team, I could only imagine the hate and criticism that would be directed towards SCP.

However, because Porto did this transfer, it will
Be praised as a...

If Sporting let a young gem
Go for 40 million before getting a real chance in the first team, I could only imagine the hate and criticism that would be directed towards SCP.

However, because Porto did this transfer, it will
Be praised as a “great piece of business”.

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A few years ago, Pacos de Ferreira had a very promising player that resemble a lot like Fabio Silva. Could anyone tell me who that player is again. I would like to know how he has progressed over the years.

I believe he also has long blond hair,...

A few years ago, Pacos de Ferreira had a very promising player that resemble a lot like Fabio Silva. Could anyone tell me who that player is again. I would like to know how he has progressed over the years.

I believe he also has long blond hair, a little short in stature. His footballing technique was quite sublime whenever I catch his game.

For me the player that has not lived up to his promise and expectation is Bruno Gama. He has all the attributes to be a superstar. I was hoping he was going to be the next Figo. His game resembles a lot like Figo. And now he's 32. Sad story for him.

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@Dhazer. Wow, that's a blast from the past. I beleive the player you're thinking of is Rui Caetano, and yes, he looked superb in those early years when he was playing for Paços - had something of João Vieira Pinto about him. Unfortunately his...

@Dhazer. Wow, that's a blast from the past. I beleive the player you're thinking of is Rui Caetano, and yes, he looked superb in those early years when he was playing for Paços - had something of João Vieira Pinto about him. Unfortunately his career never kicked on. Plays for Varzim now in Portugal's second tier https://www.zerozero.pt/player.php?id=50367

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