Manchester City midfielder David Silva gave a brilliant performance capped by a stunning goal in Sunday’s match against Huddersfield Town, making him Maryam Naz’s pick for The Offside Rule’s Premier League player of the week.
An eye for a pass
Silva’s ability to pick out players in more advanced positions is second to none. In Sunday’s game he was in the thick of the action, frequently providing superb crosses for Gabriel Jesus. His deliveries were inch perfect but he also unlocked Huddersfield with defence-splitting passes. Silva kept City’s attacking trio ticking, giving them the space to exploit the defensive vulnerability ahead.
Silva’s forte may be his ability to play the perfect pass, but it would be a mistake not to acknowledge his set piece prowess. A stunning well-placed freekick in the 47th minute evaded Ben Hamer’s reach and was his first goal scored directly from a freekick for City. Silva is proving to be just as menacing with the ball at his feet in the attacking third as he is prolific with it in within the confines of central midfield.
Perhaps Silva’s best asset is his ability to work with others. It would be easy for Silva to be more selfish in front of goal, but he seems to thrive off finding spaces to feed balls into for others. In last season’s campaign he picked up 11 assists and scored nine goals. His game is balanced, he scores freely but is also extremely adept at linking up with others.
There were other outstanding performances deserving of an honorary mention. Silva’s teammate Sergio Aguero was one of the stand-out players in the same game, picking up his 13th hat-trick for City. Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso, Tottenham Hotspur’s Lucas Moura, and Liverpool’s James Milner also played brilliantly.
In the absence of Kevin De Bruyne, who has been sidelined since he picked up knee injury in training, Silva will be vital for Guardiola – especially for heavyweight clashes against Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Based on Sunday’s performance, there can be little doubt that he will prove his worth once more.
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