Manchester City assistant manager David Platt has praised midfield maestro David Silva for his performances this season.
The Spaniard, who bagged a brace against Fulham at the weekend, will be expected to play an essential part in City’s efforts to retain the Premier League crown.
Platt told the club's official website: “We know how important David is whether he’s scoring goals or not scoring goals but I’m pleased he’s got himself a couple.”
Despite only scoring his second and third goals of the season, Silva has become an influential man in starting the attacks, as well as creating chances for his team-mates to smash home.
“His performances have deserved more goals than he’s got this season, that’s for sure but he’s got a couple today and could have had three,” the former England Under-21 boss added.
Silva got his first goal, after Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer could only parry Edin Dzeko’s long-range effort into the path of the Spaniard to bang it to the net from eight yards out.
Despite destroying Fulham’s hopes of getting a good start against the reigning champions, Platt was still critical of his side’s approach after the early goal.
“When you score after 90 seconds you think that you won’t have to try and open up the opposition defence over a period time," he concluded.
“We defended well, but you are always in danger of conceding with just a one-goal lead.”
However, Silva doubled his tally for the day in the second period, bursting into the box before lifting the ball over the oncoming Fulham keeper.
The victory sees the blue half of Manchester climb to within five points of table toppers and rivals Manchester United, after they failed to win against Tottenham Hotspur.