Wolves might be able to recall Fabio Silva from his loan spell at Anderlecht in the January transfer window but not before then, journalist Steve Madeley has claimed.
The Lowdown: Silva out on loan
The 20-year-old has not hit the heights expected of him yet at Molineux, scoring just four times in 62 appearances; and for that reason, he has been loaned out to Anderlecht in order to enjoy regular playing time.
The change of scenery has done the youngster the world of good, with him already netting six goals in just 11 matches in Brussels.
As fate would have it, Wolves now have a striker shortage without Silva around, following a potentially season-ending ACL injury for new signing Sasa Kalajdzic. Raul Jimenez also has a groin issue, meaning that Bruno Lage could look to sign a free agent in the coming days.
The Latest: January return mooted
Taking to Twitter, Madeley stated that Wolves wouldn’t be able to recall Silva until January but was cautiously optimistic that it is something which could materialise, if an allowance for it had been made in the loan agreement.
Replying to a Wolves supporter who asked if the 20-year-old could be recalled, the journalist outlined:
“Need to check what the agreement is between the clubs but players can’t be recalled from loans outside of a transfer window so the earliest it could possibly happen would be January, and that’s assuming the agreement allows it.”
The Verdict: Bring him back
Depending on who Wolves manage to bring in – Diego Costa is reportedly a potential target – welcoming Silva back with open arms in January could be a good solution.
Granted, the Old Gold could just make a new signing at that point and allow the youngster to see out his loan spell in Belgian, but regular minutes could come his way at Molineux, especially if Jimenez is still in and out of the team and Silva continues his rich vein of form until then.
Putting a positive spin on it, it could even be viewed as the Portuguese youngster’s chance to seize his opportunity and finally fulfill his potential in a Wolves shirt, kicking on to become a crucial presence under Bruno Lage.
Considering that Silva has scored more league goals on his own (four) than his parent club have managed (three) so far this season, it could certainly be worth exploring the possibility of a mid-season recall.