5 potential replacements for Manchester City's David Silva
In King Arthur's tales, Merlin was a magician who would grow younger as every year passed by. But, that does not seem to be the case with David Silva, City's own little magician. As the sand swiftly falls down the hourglass, so does the silky Spaniard's young age.
Since Sheikh Mansour took over the Citizens, the Merlin of Manchester has been an indispensable part of the Blues rising domination in the Premier League. His jaw-dropping sorcery has delighted fans beyond their wildest dreams. Along with Aguero and Toure, he has been the spine of City's attack in the last few years, winning an FA Cup, a Community Shield, two League titles and two English League Cups.
Silva possesses a majestic vision when it comes to creating chances for his teammates. Even the most hardcore United fans can't help but eulogise the silky Spaniard's talent with the ball. Yaya Toure has been right enough in comparing him to Barcelona legends, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta.
But, things are never meant to be forever. The 31-year-old has made up his mind to return to his home country. Silva has already had a verbal agreement with second-tier club Las Palmas after in 2019, provided they qualify for the top tier. He has rejected the likes of Madrid and Barcelona to stay with the Citizens till 2019.
A player of Silva's quality is hard to find. But with cross-town rivals becoming increasingly strong every year, City must find a worthy replacement for the beating heart of their attack. The following five players could be considered to fill in the boots of the Merlin of Manchester.
#5 JAMES RODRIGUEZ
James Rodriguez would never have expected a two-year loan after winning the Champions League. However, Zidane thought otherwise. Manchester City could well try to snatch the skilful playmaker from Real Madrid's clutches, although James is serving his two-year loan at Bayern Munich.
Along with a good creativity, James is a clinical finisher and is a constant threat from outside the box. The Columbian would link up well with strikers Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero, forming a deadly trio in the attack. Also, Silva lacks James' scoring ability.
James scored 8 goals and bagged 6 assists in 22 league games for the Los Blancos. He also proved to be a pivotal part in Real's Champions League triumph last season. He created 44 chances, averaging 2 per game.