In an interview with The Athletic at the beginning of February, Marco Silva said that Fulham should anticipate competition as they attempt to permanently hire Manor Solomon, who is currently on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk.
“We have to be ready for competition in the market if it appears,” said the former Everton boss. “We tried to sign him permanently (last summer). It was not possible for many reasons that are not essential to talk about now. I tried my best to sign him permanently at that moment. And now, it is what it is,” remarked Silva.
Yet in an intriguing and unanticipated turn of events, might Marco Silva be in command of an effort to wrest Solomon away from the Cottagers?
According to The Sun, Tottenham’s first choice to succeed outgoing Antonio Conte in North London is a 45-year-old Portuguese. As negotiations for a new contract have stalled, Silva has shown interest in Spurs, perhaps because he wants to keep his options open.
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The former Olympiakos and Sporting Lisbon manager remarkably recovered from his disastrous tenure at Goodison Park. He led Fulham from the Championship to a challenge for the European qualifying in 18 months.
A person with credentials, drive, and tactical knowledge — Everton being a rare blemish on an otherwise pristine copybook — is unquestionably more than deserving of a chance like Tottenham can offer.
Solomon, a winger for Fulham acquired from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer, was mainly forgotten about in the wake of his devastating injury in the summer of 2022. But, the 23-year-old has abruptly re-entered the conversation after bursting onto the scene with five goals in five games in February, including four in Premier League.
And Silva has used Soloman ideally. Only Erling Haaland (who scored in 10 games straight) and Marcus Rashford (who scored in seven straight) have scored more goals in succession in the Premier League this season than he did with five. Solomon is excited about the chance to participate and go above expectations after a challenging 2022 and disappointing injury layoff.
He also produced important goals, such as a crucial late winner against Brighton off the bench and an immediate follow-up equalizer against the Wolves in the 64th minute. The international player from Israel has a promising career ahead of him. And if the Silva-Solomon combo performs the way it performs, then there are guaranteed fireworks in the house.