Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Alan Green: Silva is shining star in Manchester City’s firmament

Though Manchester City haven’t yet played opponents of note their presence at the top of the nascent league table reflects some excellent early form.

Naturally Sergio Aguero’s debut cameo appearance as substitute against Swansea attracted rave reviews and surely Carlos Tevez, who replaced his fellow Argentine against Bolton, must be thinking about postponing any proposed transfer away from City. Shouldn’t he be licking his lips at the prospect of being in partnership with him?

But, for me, the outstanding City performer so far has been the Spaniard David Silva. His arrival last season rather crept under the radar of most but I thought he settled into the English game very quickly, his lack of physical stature an irrelevance.

Silva glides across the playing surface easily evading opponents: he can play either flank or tucked in behind someone like Dzeko who, by the way, is hiding his early appearances as a lumbering oaf. And Silva can certainly ‘finish’.

City are looking good . . . do they really need Nasri?