Fabio da Silva will be heading out on loan next season. The right-back known more often as Rafael’s twin-brother has only figured 15 times for Manchester Untied this season which despite the competition for places at Old Trafford is probably a figure too low considering how the Brazilian played a key-part in the run-in last season.
Quite often it’s said that young players learn more in training than actually playing. Certainly at United that statement may very well be true, after all there isn’t probably one young player in the world who couldn’t learn from watching the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes bursting a gut in training.
However sometimes playing games is more important than that and in order for Fabio to continue his development and catch up to his brother who is a bona-fide first-team regular, it’s obvious that he needs to go out on loan and play games.
The rumour mill suggests that Fabio and Federico Macheda will be heading out to Portugal next season to play for Benfica as part of a deal to bring Nicolas Gaitan to Old Trafford. As good as it would be for both of those young players to go out and play in Portugal’s top-flight and the Champions League, it would also benefit them to play in England as well.
A mid-table team wouldn’t be a bad option to send both players out to. You only have to look at how Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck developed on loan at Wigan Athletic and Sunderland respectively last year to show what a loan-spell can do to a young player’s ability and confidence.
Fabio may not long-term be the club’s first-choice left-back but at the very least he deserves the chance to stake his claim to be Patrice Evra’s successor.
By Adam Dennehey @ADennehey87