Shi: Silva the ‘perfect signing at the perfect moment’

Jeff Shi has praised Fabio Silva as one of the best young strikers in the world after beating stiff competition to bring the highly-promising youngster to Molineux.

The record-breaking goalscorer is expected to provide a top quality addition to the Wolves attack and Shi was pleased to confirm the signing of one of Nuno Espirito Santo’s key targets.

On the signing of Silva

“We’ve been following Fabio’s development for a long time. He’s a player that you only need several minutes to see his natural football talent. In recent years, Fabio has been developing very fast and now has proven himself in Porto’s first team, which is a top squad.

“Our head coach’s requirement for quality is very high, but he thinks Fabio is an important signing who will help the team immediately this season.

“The timing of this deal is similar to the timing of when we bought Ruben Neves; we’ve waited for the right time to get a high-quality player at the right price.”

On Silva’s qualities as a player

“Our recruitment team have been watching Fabio since he played for Portugal under-16s and they feel he has always been the best number nine coming through his age group anywhere in Europe.

“Fabio is a young player who shows not only incredible technical ability, but also his game intelligence for a player of his age is top class.

“He has the ability to drop in to link play and hold the ball up to bring others into play. He always then looks to get in the box and his movement and intelligence in the penalty area is as good as anyones.

“Fabio has the potential to be a generational talent and for us to see him develop under Nuno is very exciting. He is the type of player our fans will love.”

On recruitment

“Regarding recruitment for the first-team, all of the club’s priorities are about supporting the head coach, and helping Nuno to build the team he wants.

“Every deal the club does; this deal, any following deals, sales of players, are all about supporting Nuno to build the team.

“Like all of our signings, this one is down to a lot of hard work, from a lot of important people, that support Nuno and I to make these things happen and help us to keep things moving.

“Even after an unprecedented pandemic, which has deeply impacted all football clubs in the world, our ambition and determination to improve and evolve the team continually never changes.

“The signing of Fabio demonstrates that we will make considerable investment when we feel it is right for the club.

“Welcome Fabio to this special pack!”

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