The Manchester City fans have been celebrating yet another victory over a top-four rival in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team brush Arsenal aside 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola’s men were far from their scintillating best last weekend but the result never seemed in doubt as they recorded a tenth victory of the Premier League season to extend their unbeaten opening to the campaign. The result will further compound the growing concern amongst City’s title-rivals that the Manchester club will be impossible to catch unless a major injury crisis unfolds throughout the season. Even still, the strength in depth at the club is frightening and it already appears the title is City’s for the taking regardless of injuries.
However, another factor that could damage City’s pursuit of silverware this season is the upcoming January transfer window. With Adam Lallana struggling with injury this season and Emre Can looking destined for a move away from Anfield, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is reportedly targeting a shock swoop for City’s David Silva.
And the sale of Silva to a Premier League rival would surely damage the club on multiple levels.
The importance of the Spaniard to the dynamic of the City team should not be underestimated – he has started all 11 of their League fixtures this season and has represented the side as captain in the previous eight.
The 31-year-old possesses a rare gift to draw defenders towards him and create space for more direct talents to exploit the space in behind opposition defences.
The form currently being demonstrated by City stars Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane derives from Silva’s ability to play them into fantastic positions, where they can then utilise their pace and hurt teams in the final third.
Without Silva, City would be missing the vital cog that keeps the free-flowing attacking wheels in motion, and as such letting him go in January could seriously damage their trophy aspirations.
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