Bernardo Silva initially struggled to make the transition from Ligue 1 football to the Premier League last season following his £43.6 million move from Monaco, but he is a player who genuinely appears to be improving with every passing game.
Admittedly, claiming a player is improving with every fixture is a typical footballing cliche, but in Silva’s case it’s a statement which undoubtedly rings true.
The Portuguese playmaker has big boots to fill with David Silva edging closer to the end of his career at 32-years-old, and his tentative opening to his career in Manchester hinted that he was daunted by the prospect of emulating the success of his namesake.
After all, El Mago is a king amongst men in Manchester and the Citizens faithful simply cannot express their admiration for his tantalising ability highly enough.
But the Silva who looked nervous and ineffective in the first few months following his transfer from Monaco has become a player of the past, and his replacement is an immense talent who simply oozes class in possession and possess the mental attitude to complement his phenomenal technique.
For plenty of Man City supporters Silva has been their player of the season so far, and it seems that opinion can now be validated by statistical evidence.
Silva (valued at £54 million by Transfermarkt) has been listed as the 6th most improved player this season and, with not a single Man City player above him in the table, that makes him the most improved at the club with a rating of 7.25, up 0.46 on last season.
This is what Laurence has had to say about Silva:
‘If his debut season at City was one of patient integration, this already looks like being Silva’s breakthrough campaign in England.
‘The natural successor to club legend and namesake David, who certainly isn’t ready to relinquish a place in the side yet, the Portuguese playmaker has undoubtedly profited from injury to Kevin De Bruyne so it will be interesting to see what role the 24-year-old plays when De Bruyne returns.’
If the evidence of Silva’s improvement had somehow been missed by sceptical fans or pundits, then Laurence’s analysis proves that the statistics are in place to justify popular opinion.
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