Tuesday, December 11, 2018

David Silva often overlooked in Citizens praise

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I remember watching a young David Silva playing for Valencia and thinking ‘this lad is going to achieve great things’. It is fair to say the little Spanish maestro has done just that at both club and international level.

Silva now a relative veteran at 31, has won nearly everything there is to win in club football since moving to Manchester City in 2010. He has won two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup.

On the international scene, Silva has won the World Cup once and the European Championships twice with Spain. Quite simply Silva has enjoyed a trophy-laden career.

This season could bring yet more success and silverware for the Spaniard under Pep Guardiola. The Citizens are eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table after Sunday’s 2-1 home win over West Ham. Guardiola’s side are hot favourites to win the Premier League title.

Still highly influential at City

Silva was instrumental for City in Sunday’s victory, scoring the winning goal and producing a typically influential display. The playmaker has now scored twice and produced eight assists this season in the Premier League.

Although he is a top player, Silva is often overlooked when it comes to receiving praise, simply because City has so many exciting attacking players.

Despite the presence of the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Kevin de Bruyne, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero, Silva is still highly influential for the Citizens.

Pep Guardiola is famous for his rotation policy. However, a sign of how highly Guardiola rates Silva is that the little Spaniard has failed to start just one of City’s first 15 Premier League games.

Silva has already been part of one successful City side. Under Guardiola, he may well be part of another for the next few seasons.

Silva brings calm to City midfield

David Silva has always been a highly creative player with superb football intelligence, awareness and an eye for a pass. He has never really possessed lightning pace, though.

However, in a side that possesses the likes of Jesus, Sane and Sterling, Silva offers a calm and assured head in a vibrant young City. Silva is the face of experience in the City team.

Silva does not come across as vocal on the pitch, but he is a leader in the fact that he leads by example in the way he conducts himself and plays the game. I am sure his younger teammates have learnt a lot from Silva in the last few seasons.

Still more to come back from Silva

David Silva signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester City last week. There is still much more to come from the talented little Spaniard in City colours.

The one club trophy that has eluded him so far is the Champions League trophy. This season could be when he puts that right, with the Citizens second favourites to win the trophy at 9/2 this season.

Winning the Champions League would complete his medal collection. Next year he could also add another World Cup winner’s medal to his heavy collection.

Sky Pundit Jamie Carragher recently claimed that Silva may be City’s greatest ever player. That is no exaggeration, as the little Spaniard would definitely have a claim for the title.

For me, David Silva is one of the most technically gifted players I have ever seen grace a Premier League pitch. The Spaniard also seems like a good guy to boot. All I have to say is David you are a joy to watch and I hope you continue succeeding both on and off the pitch.

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David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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