David Silva received the ball inside his own half in the 1st minute of Manchester Citya s opening home match against Chelsea. He swiveled past Cesc Fabregas, raced to the halfway line and played an inch perfect through ball, splitting John Terry and Gary Cahill, to find Sergio Aguero. Agueroa s tame shot at the end of the move was easily saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. Manchester City eventually ended up beating Chelsea 3-0.
The final score will forever be remembered by the fans, media and the pundits alike. So will the goal scorers a Aguero, Kompany and Fernandinho. But the beauty of THAT pass from Silva will be forgotten.
David Silva is rightly labeled as a the Magiciana . He can pull off the vanishing act better than anyone else. He vanishes from the sights of his opponents on the field of play, from the memories of the fans who drool over cracking goals and crunching tackles, from the thoughts of journalists and writers who have been unable to fathom his raw genius, and from the minds of his peers who have failed to give him the recognition he truly deserves.
Despite having a stellar season for the Sky Blues, Silvaa s name was omitted from the 2014-15 PFA’s team of the season, with the likes of Matic and Coutinho selected in front him.
But the little Spaniard doesna t seem to be too perturbed by all the apathy as he continues to mesmerize audiences by conjuring magic on the football field.
David Silva is undoubtedly the most vital cog in Manchester Citya s wheel. Having signed for the Sky Blues in 2010 from Valencia, Silva has gone on to make 166 appearances for the club. His goal tally of 33 doesna t come even close to reflecting the impact he has had on the team as a whole.
Silva is the real orchestrator of Citya s attack. Initially starting out as a winger, Silva eventually went on to establish himself as the cluba s playmaking midfield pivot. His impeccable vision, accurate passing and spectacular dribbling ability made him a center-piece of Manchester Citya s title winning teams in 2012 and 2014. He has the unique ability to pick out passes through the eye of a needle.
While Sergio Aguero grabbed all the headlines for City last season having won the Golden Boot, David Silva had his most prolific goal scoring season yet for the club. Silva scored 12 goals and provided 12 assists in 32 League appearances as Manchester City went on to finish in second place. His sublime brilliance is highlighted by the fact that he created the most number of chances for City last season (93), 14 more than his team mate Jesus Navas in 2nd position. His average pass accuracy of 86% was among the best in the league last season.
But it is the intangible which truly sets David Silva apart from the rest. Lionel Messi apart, Silvaa s modus operandi is perhaps the most pleasing on the eye. His movement on the field is reminiscent of a ballet dancer gliding across the dance floor in full grace. His intricate link up play and telepathic understanding with the players around him is a sight to behold for one and all. The ball often seems to have a natural affinity for his magical left foot.
a He for me is the best Manchester City player by a distance. I may shock people when I say that but he always wants to go forward and he wants the ball all the time. I would have loved to have played with him,a said Arsenala s legendary striker Thierry Henry ahead of Citya s clash against Arsenal last season.
Manchester City have made the perfect start to their 2015-16 league campaign after winning all four of their opening fixtures. Some of the football they have played this season has been absolutely breathtaking.
It is no surprise that the diminutive Spanish wizard has been pivotal to Citya s success at the start of the current season. At last, the football world seems to be waking up to the realization that David Silva is indeed the majestic midfield metronome that Manchester City had been craving for.
After all therea s a reason why they say — you cana t keep a good man down for long.