Bernardo Silva went from rotation option to an integral part of, Pep Guardiola’s, Manchester City side this season.
A coming-of-age year for Manchester City’s Bernado Silva must surely go down as one of the best individual seasons for a player in recent memory after a campaign that saw him pick up five (if you’re one of those people who count the Community Shield) trophies as well as a number of personal awards.
The little man from Portugal, was a magician for City this year – named their Player of the Season – carving out opportunity after opportunity for his ever-s0-grateful teammates and he scored some important goals as City won the domestic treble, the first time any club in England has done so.
In the absence of Kevin De Brunye, Bernardo had to step up and prove he was worth the £43m that Pep Guardiola had splashed out to acquire his services. Well, the 24-year-old certainly did that, and he put in superb performance after superb performance as City marched to the title, thanks to 14 wins in a row. Described by Guardiola as the best player in the league, the Portuguese international was crucial to this as he weaved and twisted his way through every defence that dared to stop him.
Indeed, it’s probably fair to say that – considering some of the fees bandied around in the transfer market in recent years – that the reported £43m is somewhat of a bargain. Gylfi Sigurdsson cost £45m in the same window, after all.
He scored the vital opener in the Manchester Derby and proved to be the catalyst against Swansea City in the FA Cup, scoring one and setting up the winner. Those were standout moments but it was his performance against Liverpool in a crucial win to ensure the title race stayed alive, during which he ran a stunning 8.5 miles according to Opta, that surely goes down in folkore amongst the Sky Blue faithful.
As this graphic shows, he won five trophies overall as well as two individual awards.
2018/19 belonged to Bernardo Silva
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) June 10, 2019
Couple this such work-rate and lethal end product and it is easy to see why Manchester City fans adore him, in 51 appearances he scored 13 and provided 14 assists.
To top it all off, the former Monaco man won the UEFA Nations League and was named Player of the Tournament and it’s hard to think of another player outside of perhaps international teammate Cristiano Ronaldo in 2016 (Ballon d’Or, European Championships, Champions League, Club World Cup) who enjoyed such a glory-filled campaign across a number of fronts in recent years.
What a player.
Did City strike gold when they paid £43 to sign Silva? Will we look back at this season as the time he