Bernardo Silva. The ‘bubble gum participant’ as dubbed by his former Monaco and present Manchester Metropolis teammate Benjamin Mendy, such is his unerring capability to run with the ball as if it was caught to his foot.
The 23-year-old lit up Ligue 1 with Monaco final season, scoring eight targets and helping 9 extra as he helped the French facet beat Paris Saint-Germain to the title, consequently incomes a £43.6m transfer to Manchester alongside the aforementioned Mendy because the title winners’ squad had its stars cherry picked by Europe’s prime sides.
While the likes of Kylian Mbappe went to PSG and Tiemoue Bakayoko signed for Chelsea, Pep Guardiola plumped for the little Portuguese so as to add to his juggernaut squad, though the previous Barcelona boss has discovered it laborious to incorporate the Benfica academy graduate from the primary whistle given the standard he has at his disposal.
zero – Bernardo Silva final misplaced a league match a 12 months in the past right this moment (18th December 2016) and has since gone on a 36-game unbeaten league run throughout his Monaco & Manchester Metropolis profession (W33 D3 L0). Invincible. pic.twitter.com/4SXciQm3Ke
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The scintillating type of Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo’s namesake David has meant that the opposite Silva has needed to accept simply 4 begins and 12 appearances off the bench for the Premier League leaders, however his immense abilities shouldn’t be disputed.
Guardiola has stated himself that it is ‘tough to overlook’ the midfielder in his team selections, however David Silva’s 31 years of age counsel that the Metropolis hierarchy had the longer term in thoughts after they poached one in every of Monaco’s most precocious abilities, however what a future the boy from Lisbon could have.
The 2 Silva’s have scarily comparable qualities. Each possess impeccable steadiness which permits them to go both approach they please previous their opponents, they each have distinctive dribbling expertise, however most significantly, they each have their determination making nailed down.
When David was Bernardo’s age, he had simply come off the again of a stellar home marketing campaign with Valencia by which he scored ten and provided an additional 10 for his teammates, while additionally taking part in a cameo function in his nation’s World Cup victory.
In distinction, Bernardo had been omitted of his nation’s European Championship victory because of harm, though he undoubtedly would’ve performed a key function ought to he have been match, however that is moreover the purpose; he’s the way forward for this Metropolis facet and must be allowed to carve his personal path.
Seeing because the Spanish Silva turns 32 in January, Guardiola could be clever to slowly ease the Portuguese namesake into his place, though he’s able to taking part in in a variety of positions. Bernardo can function on both wing, behind the striker or a deep mendacity playmaker, however is only coming off the fitting wing the place he can reduce in on his left to devastating impact.
Having invested lots in younger gamers of late, resembling Gabriel Jesus, Sterling, Sane, Mendy and Silva in fact, Metropolis look set to dominate the European scene for a few years to come back, and amidst all of the immense capabilities of the aforementioned names, Bernardo would be the glue (or possibly the bubble gum) that holds them collectively.
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