Decoding the Magic of the Merlin! Was David Silva the best midfielder in Premier League?

In this eternal game of Football, many stars come and go, but a few make themselves immortal. A boy from Valencia grabs his place in ‘that’ illuminated list. Spain in the 2010s was a force to reckon with. With quality Forwards and Reliable Defenders doing their jobs properly, the midfield run primarily by the magical duo of Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta mesmerised every football lover. This came at its own cost. With the Barcelona giants occupying two positions, only one spot was available for a golden generation of Spain in the midfield. The spot saw the likes of Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas and many others battling. Yet the certain Valencia lad, who now played for an English outfit, staked his claim. Such was his passing and decision-making that he seemed to be a perfect companion for the dream duo. Just like that, David Silva, a.k.a, Merlin, made his name.

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David Silva is a Spanish professional football player, and he has played for Valencia FC, SD Eibar (on loan), RC Celta de Vigo (on loan) and Manchester City FC. He now plays for the Real Sociedad Spanish football club. He generally plays as an attacking midfielder and is heavily left-footed, which is a rare and cherished quality in the sport.

Silva moved to Manchester City in the summer of 2010, right before the start of the 2010-11 season. Due to his immaculate and unique style of play, he has been designated with the title of ‘Merlin’ by his Manchester City teammates. In an interview, Silva’s City teammate, Joleon Lescott, stated that Silva’s performance against Inter Milan was phenomenal and that the team named him Merlin, the magician. This was said for his particularly sensational assist to Edin Dzeko, which turned out to be the second goal for City. Manchester City won the match by 3-0, dodging the talks that they might lose as Inter is a convincingly strong opponent and that they are the 2010 UEFA Champions League winners.

This was just one of the displays Spaniard did. David Silva has time and time again proved to be Man City’s crisis man. He was known for his ability to create chances from the thin air. It was in 2016 that Silva’s impact made a ruckus. Until now, he was a ‘good’ player, but in the 2016 season, with Xavi’s departure from FC Barcelona and age catching up with Iniesta, Silva rose to prominence as one of the best Spanish midfielders of the current day. 

His partnership with Kevin de Bruyne in Man City’s midfield propelled the Pep Guardiola side to unseen heights. They won Premier League by a record points tally in 2018 and then defeated close rivals Liverpool by a point a season later. Silva also struck a brilliant 10-year-long partnership with Sergio Aguero. Together they have created countless moments at the Etihad Stadium.

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In 2019, Silva inherited the position of captain following Vincent Kompany’s departure from the club. He later announced that he would be leaving the club after the 2019-20 season, completing his ten-season tenure at Manchester City.

When talked about particularly the style of play, Silva is noted for his superb first touch, dribbling skills, and technical ability, which, combined with his calculated attacking movements, enable him to keep possession under challenging situations and open up the defence for himself and teammates. He primarily aids as a playmaker for his side, and he is capable of both scoring and creating goals. Though, his calmness with the ball, passing accuracy, ability to read the game, and dictate the pace of his team’s play, have helped him establish himself rightly as one of the best midfielders in the world, as well as one of the best in Premier League history.

Call it misfortune or luck, Silva was always under the shadow of Xavi and Andres Iniesta for the course of his career. If he was from another era, David Silva would have dominated the world. Yet, the humble 36-year-old Spaniard continues to weave the magic. He still creates chances out of nothing. Maybe this attitude earned him another nickname, ‘El Mago’. Stay Tuned with The Sportsway for more updates!

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