David Silva is still Manchester City’s best playmaker!
Maybe it’s because David Silva has always been, and continues to be, an out and out playmaker rather than a striker, I was, nonetheless, thrilled to see him score against Hull City last week. However, this piece has nothing to do with his delicious strike.
There is no doubt that the arrival of Fernando Luiz Rosa and Jesus Navas last summer, and improving form of Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure are a big reason behind Manchester City’s impressive showing this season, but the former Valencia man has still been the most diligent contributor in the City midfield.
How is that possible, you ask?
Well, statistics speak for themselves and we’ll take them one at a time here.
If we make assessments upon individual competitions, then Nasri is the only one who has fared slightly better in the Champions League, with 2.29 chances created per game (thanks to his recent blistering form), whereas Silva made two chances per game.
Despite an injury lay-off, Silva’s passing success has been spot on this season and, once again, way above his colleagues, except Yaya Toure. Silva comes in a close second to Toure’s 117 successful passes per game, with 105 passes.
Goals scored and attempts
Lastly, boiling down to finding the net, making no bones, Toure’s 13 English Premier League (EPL) goals this season have been both a surprise and a revelation for City. He is second only to the world class player, Sergio Aguero, who leads with 15. Toure certainly deserves all the credit for what is considerably his best season ever but Silva has some contribution to it as well, since his efficient and selfless passing allowed Toure to play deeper than usual.
I do remember that Manuel Pellegrini acknowledged the significance of Silva to City earlier this season and although, at 28 years of age, Silva might not be nurtured in the truest sense.
The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.