Goodbye to Man City’s David Silva, the greatest Premier League midfielder of his generation:
The Spaniard ends his glorious Manchester City career after 10 seasons at the Etihad and during that time, he has established himself as the greatest midfielder of his generation.
He won the English top-flight four times, while also dominating in cup competitions, with two FA Cups triumphs and five League Cup wins.
On the international stage, Silva won the World Cup and two European Championships with Spain.
He really has had some career. Speaking ahead of his Man City send-off, Silva said:
“When you are young you don’t dream about all of this.
“You dream about becoming a footballer, a professional footballer, you dream of playing in the top flight – but you never think about all the things that you could possibly achieve.
“Even more so now when I look back at everything I have achieved I could never have imagined it, even in my wildest dreams.”
We’re going to miss you, David.
Let’s take a look at a breakdown of some of his most impressive stats, which help prove he’s the greatest Premier League midfielder of his generation:
Premier League wins: 4
Premier League Team of the Season: 2 (2011/12, 2017/18)
Premier League top assist provider: 1 (2011/12)
Man City Player of the Season: 1 (2016/17)
Man City Players’ Player of the Year: 1 (2011/12)
It’s fair to say Silva exceeded all expectations when he arrived from Valencia a decade ago.
While his stats are impressive alone, we can’t forget how much of an impact he made in City’s first title-winning season in 2011/12 which kickstarted an era of dominance.
That year, Silva played 36 out of 38 games, scored six goals and provided a ridiculous 17 assists (the most in the top-flight).
He formed a terrifying partnership with Sergio Aguero, who scored most of the goals that fired Man City to the Premier League title.
From that season on, the Citizens never looked back and Silva remained incredibly important to their success.
Over the course of his Man City career, the midfielder won plenty of plaudits too. Manager Pep Guardiola praised his ability to adapt to the English game:
“In my first year at City, I’d talk to him about how surprised I was that he came here.
“A league so physical, so tough, so imposing, with this climate, this style of football. How he was able to survive or adapt and do it so well.”
Thierry Henry had incredibly high praise for Silva too:
“He’s the best creative midfielder we’ve seen in this league. I didn’t see everyone play, but David Silva wants the ball and plays the same way against every team.
“He puts his foot in and doesn’t shy away from the ball. He’s brave off the ball and on the ball. What a player!”
Even Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp rates the Man City star very high.
“I like David Silva – he is a wonderful player, he’s everywhere, he’s so skilled and he has a wonderful attitude,” the German said.
Perhaps the midfielder was best summed up by Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness though, who suggested Silva could be Man City’s greatest ever player.
“I think he could be number one. When he finishes, he’ll be remembered as City’s greatest ever player,” Carragher said.
“I’ve been watching City a lot longer than you guys and I think he’s the best ever player I’ve seen wear a City shirt,” Souness added.
Over the years, Silva has won incredibly high praise from fellow players, opposition managers and top pundits alike.
He’ll play his final Premier League game for Man City on Sunday and one thing is certain, the English top-flight is going to miss him.
Thank you, David!