February 29, 2024

Some Wolves fans need to lay off £35m player after Saturday nightmare 


Wolves fell to an agonising 2-1 defeat against Sheffield United on Saturday – and it was an afternoon to forget for Fabio Silva.

Wanderers’ unbeaten run in the Premier League is over, after another highly controversial decision went against Gary O’Neil’s side.


With the scoreline at 1-1 and the game almost over, striker Silva attempted to clear his lines in his own area. Like Hwang Hee-chan last weekend against Newcastle, Silva didn’t really make proper contact with George Baldock, who was already going to ground.


Inexplicably, a penalty was given by referee Robert Jones and the decision was unbelievably upheld by the VAR. Straight after the game, Gary Lineker branded it a ‘stinking decision’ from the officials.


Silva was inconsolable after the final whistle and sadly, he has now come in for abuse from some ‘fans’ after the game on social media…


Fabio Silva needs Wolves fans’ support after an awful day against Sheffield United


It was extremely disappointing that Wolves did not come away with a point in the end. And some have targeted Silva online after he gave away the penalty.


Silva did have a pretty poor cameo. He got booked as soon as he came on, and also made a real mess of a headed chance he had, although he was eventually flagged offside on that.


And then of course, he conceded the penalty, which should never, ever have been given. People may argue Silva should not have taken so long to clear the ball. The 21-year-old made a mistake, as absolutely anybody in any walk of life can.


For some bizarre reason, there are some ‘fans’ out there who think this mistake warrants abusing Silva on social media.


It is unacceptable. The anger should be directed towards the team as a collective for a poor performance, and also the officials for the shocking penalty decision.


Silva always gives his all for Wolves. You always get the sense with him that he is determined to prove himself at Molineux. Wolves bought him for £35 million, which was a huge outlay for a young player with very little experience of playing first-team football at the time.


Silva – who might have left the club in the summer – never chose his price tag. And it has always felt a bit like it has weighed heavily on his shoulders.


And some use it as a stick to beat him with, which is just unfair.


Those tears at full-time from Silva were genuine. They just showed how much it means to him to help the team and be a success here.


Hopefully, he has a good support system in place. You would like to think the Wolves players will rally around him.


But Silva needs to feel that support from the fans too now more than ever. Hopefully, the majority can significantly drown out the minority.

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