Fabio Silva has praised Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Espirito Santo for his support throughout the forward’s debut season with Wolves, while speaking with FourFourTwo.
Nuno was in charge at Molineux when the West Midlands outfit broke their club-record to sign Silva for £35.5m. But the Portuguese’s debut campaign in England was not without its hitches last season. Which Silva admits could, at times, make him start to question himself.
Silva only scored four goals and offered four assists over 32 of Nuno’s final 38 Premier League games with Wolves. The 19-year-old also only started 11 of his outings, which he notes added to the pressure he felt from supporters.
But Silva was grateful for the support Nuno offered before leaving Wolves to take charge at Tottenham this summer. The 47-year-old enjoyed four-years at Molineux, which saw the club return to the Premier League and establish a top-flight presence.
Silva said: “He was key. At the beginning, there were moments when people talked about my price tag, and the fact that I wasn’t playing much or scoring.
“You read some things you don’t like on social media or in a paper, and that’s the sort of thing which can make you question yourself when you’re 18. But he always spoke to me and stressed that I was important. It gives you confidence.”
Tottenham boss Nuno’s backing helped Silva at Wolves
Nuno’s backing helped Silva find his feet at Wolves before the manager left to take charge at Tottenham this summer. The Portugal U21 ace ended the season – and his compatriot’s tenure – with two goals and three assists in the final nine games of the top-flight campaign.
His strikes included finding the back of the net against Europa League qualifiers West Ham, and assisting against Manchester United. Silva also opened each of Wolves’ final five games of the Premier League campaign, after not starting either of his previous 13 outings.
Tottenham will hope Nuno has a similar impact with some of their players to he had with Silva at Wolves. Getting results from players, after keeping their spirits high in the face of adversity and pressure from outside.