David Silva has been a treasured talent of the Premier League since he arrived at Manchester City from Valencia in 2010, and a recent report hints that the next big star to make the jump from Valencia to English football could be on his way to Tottenham Hotspur.
El Mago, as Silva is affectionately known by the Man City supporters, is edging towards the conclusion of his illustrious career. A list of personal accolades and achievements at Manchester City vindicate his reputation as one of the very best players to grace the Premier League, but an impressive CV cannot illuminate his mystical air of superiority on the football field.
Despite leaving Valencia for City in 2010, Silva remains an idolised figure on the Spanish east coast, and his influence at the club persists to this very day. Carlos Soler, a 22-year-old prodigy beginning to make a name for himself at Valencia, has earned comparisons with the 33-year-old maestro during his development.
The technically gifted talent, like Silva, boasts tight ball control and quick-witted vision for a killer through ball, so it’s no surprise that his performances in Spain have caught the eye of Tottenham Hotspur, according to ESPN sources.
According to the report, Spurs are planning to make a £30 million bid for Soler in the summer window.
It’s absolutely no coincidence that Tottenham’s reported bid may well arrive in the same summer of Christian Eriksen’s likely departure. Soler could inject a healthy dose of creativity into Mauricio Pochettino’s attacking midfield unit, easing the burden of Eriksen’s absence in the process.
Soler may only be 11 years younger than Silva, but the club’s official website cite both El Mago and El Guaje, David Villa, of course, as two players he idolises.
After growing up as a Valencia fan during a period of time in which Villa and Silva combined to devastating effect at the Mestalla, it is only natural that he regards the aforementioned pairing in such high esteem.
There are certainly differences in Soler’s and Silva’s style of play that suggest direct comparisons between the two are a touch hyperbolic in their nature, from Soler’s perspective at least, but that is to be expected given both players have emerged from Valencia’s academy and are creative midfielders by trade.
Unlike Silva, Soler is naturally right-footed and stands at almost 5’11” while Silva is just 5’6″ tall, and Valencia’s wanted talent plays with a more direct and pace-orientated approach which lacks the cuteness of Silva’s ethereal ability to pick the lock on the most compact of defensive units.
Considering how Silva has excelled at the Etihad Stadium following a £24 million switch, it’s fair to say a £30 million deal for Soler would be a cunning swoop for Tottenham to make. In the modern climate it is rare to find a 22-year-old with such huge potential for a fee in the region of £30 million, and the form he has demonstrated in Spain so far hints that he would be worth every penny if Valencia are willing to do business.
Soler is still fine tuning his game in a bid to establish where exactly he best fits into the midfield, but the promise he has shown with Valencia hints that he could follow in Silva’s footsteps by becoming the next creative genius to establish himself in the Premier League.
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