These two diminutive Spanish playmakers have established themselves at top Premier League sides and are involved in national team setup.
They are both very similar players and with 391 days separating their birthdays, they are close enough for comparison.
Fascinatingly, they both play their best football through the middle of the park, but are equally as good on the flanks.
Santi Cazorla, 28 signed for Arsenal from Malaga last season for a bargain fee of €16 million which in this current market is an absolute steal. After a marvelous debut season at the Emirates Stadium where he played all 38 premier league games scoring 12 goals, more is expected from the little magician next term.
He led a troubled Malaga side to their first ever Champions League place before joining the Gunners and has won two European Championships with Spain (2008 and 2012). In addition he was Arsenal’s Player of the Season 2012/13 and was the Spanish Player of the Season 2006/07.
He has a career total of 59 goals and 56 assists in 353 appearances but it has to be taken into consideration that he has played on the left wing for the majority of career. While he has 56 caps and 9 goals for the Spanish national team, a total that could have been more bearing in mind his injury in 2010 that led him to miss the World Cup.
Cazorla is very ambidextrous in his play as he effortlessly switches between his right and left foot, often leaving opposition confused. His dribbling, control and passing are the key areas of his game.
He weighs 67 kg and is 165cm tall (5’5 ft) that indicates that he is hardly a physical player. However, that doesn’t mean he is feeble as his low center of gravity provides him with a lot of strength while turns and twists the opposition defenders.
David Silva, 27, signed for Manchester City in 2010 for a reported fee of £24 million from Valencia where he spent most his youth days. Since then he has performed well as he’s been consistent (although he experienced a minor dip in form last season) as he’s averaged six goals over the past three seasons with the Manchester outfit.
He has won the Premier League, the FA Cup and was Manchester City’s Player of the Year during their title-winning season (2011/12). He has also won the World Cup in addition to two European Championships and was part of the Euro 2012 team of the tournament.
Career wise, he has played in 366 club games, scoring 56 goals while assisting 81 times but has played through the middle almost as much as the wings. He has earned 75 caps with 20 goals for the national team while he has been on and off as a regular starter. At 170cm (5’7) he is slightly taller than his counterpart but weighs the same at 67kg, nevertheless he’s nowhere near being a combative player.
He is very good at dribbling but his passing and vision seem be better as he cuts in regularly for Man City. He is very left footed, hardly uses his right foot, which makes it slightly easier for opposition to predict him and show unto his right foot. Although he has a poor goal scoring record, the number of plays he orchestrates and assists compensate for that department.
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