David Silva is one of the mainstays of the current Manchester City team. He is part of the almost undroppable spine that includes, Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero.
The little Spaniard rarely gets a mention in the tabloids, or indeed the press as a whole. You haven't heard him complain about the weather or food in England since he arrived on these shores, he doesn’t have a partner that seems to crave attention. He just gets on with his job.
The only outfield player to start more than 30 games last season, he averaged average a passing success rate of 85.7% (as per WhoScored.com) which is simply phenomenal for an attacking player, at any level. 2.9 key passes per match show that he can not be left alone for one minute, as he has the tools to punish any mistake from the opposition.
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Silva in good form
He has started this season in exactly the same way that he has played the game since moving to Man City. He was popping up all over the opposing half of the field against West Bromwich on Monday night.
He had more touches of the ball than any player on the pitch (111) and over twice as many as successful passes than any Baggies’ player (101 v 48). He even has a decent claim to Toure’s first goal, with the ball catching him on it’s way to goal as well, as grabbing as assist with a well delivered corner kick.
But Silva brings so much more than great stats and aesthetically pleasing through-balls. His experience in the game is second to few, having been a regular in the Spain team since 2007, but it is his intelligence in the way he plays the game that is his almost peerless quality.
He never seems flustered or rushed on the ball. He is always on the move into a position whereby his first touch means his next pass is made simple and effective. Slower, more purposeful movement, rather than blood and thunder rushing around.
Playing with him must be a delight. Giving him the ball in almost any situation safe in the knowledge that he will more often than not make the right decision.
Always a threat
A quick one-two and suddenly he’s running at you with pace and is a threat. Back to goal or on the edge of the box and a clever lay-off or through-ball is a danger. In midfield under pressure, he’ll find a way to keep the ball, finding a team-mate, or he could turn his man in an instant.
He's much like Zinedine Zidane in that he has every skill needed in the game, but always seems to use the correct one at the correct time, making the game look easy.
That unforgettable volleyed and perfectly weighted pass to Edin Dzeko in Manchester City’s memorable 6-1 victory against rivals United encapsulates everything that Silva brings to the game and why he is a joy to watch. The casual way in which he did something so difficult with the ball with such ease is almost beggar's belief.
He may not get the plaudits or the same amount of column inches or webpages as some of the other players at the top of the game, but he is without doubt one of the best players playing today.
Regular watchers of the Premier League perhaps don’t realise just how good he is. Maybe only when he's gone will we all appreciate just what a talent he is.
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