Young Wolves striker Fabio Silva admits he models his game on aspects of both Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Manchester United star Edinson Cavani.
Silva, 18, became Wolves’ record signing when penning a five-year Molineux deal last September. The West Midlanders paid Porto a reported £35m for the starlet and Nuno Espirito Santo has eased him into the first-team picture. The Gondomar-born ace has made 29 Premier League appearances but only eight starts.
He has chipped in with four league goals and the best is yet to come from the Portugal Under-19 star. This season has been steep learning curve, with star striker Raul Jimenez absent since November.
The youngster stated in December last year that he was ready to fill the void left by the Mexican. And it seems as though he is happy to learn from the established stars in England’s top division.
He is a big fan of Kane and pointed out exactly which aspects of the England skipper’s game he tries to emulate.
“At the moment the striker I look at most is Harry Kane,” he said. “When I played at Porto the guy I watched more was (Sergio) Aguero but now at this moment the guy I watch is Kane.
“I feel the same (as him). Sometimes I don’t score but I feel I do things right to help the team.
“Sometimes Kane doesn’t score but I look at the game and he has helped the team. He does things right, defensively, offensively, stretches the defence.”
Silva sees ‘similarities’ with Cavani
It remains to be seen if Silva sees as much action in 2021-2022 when Jimenez returns. And it may be that Nuno dips into the club’s coffers to strengthen his forward line during the summer transfer window.
But he has shown glimpses of his undoubted talent this term and appears to have a big future. One pleasing aspect is his willingness to learn from others.
The Portuguese hitman loves Kane’s all-round game but preferred to liken himself to the former Paris Saint-Germain striker.
“I look more at Harry Kane, if I don’t score, to help the team although the guy I see who has more similarities with me is Cavani,” he added. “I love his movement, the way he stretches the defence is the best.
“To help the team without goals I like Kane but in aspects similar to me, movement and stretching the defence, I like Cavani.”