David Silva is pressing all the right buttons for Manchester City
Whenever discussions have gone on about Manchester City's successful start to the 2017-18 season, David Silva's contributions always seem to go unnoticed with other players: Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero among others get all the plaudits.
The Spaniard chopped off his flowing locks for a bald look before the season started and he has been bossing the City midfield ever since, much like iconic television character 'Walter White' from 'Breaking Bad,'.
Silva has always been a top performer for the Citizens but it is in this current campaign that he has had his best start as a Manchester City player.
He has averaged 12 assists in every Premier League season since he joined from Valencia but the Spaniard already has 8 assists to his name in 13 appearances this season and is on top of the Premier League assists chart.
He has 2 assists in 4 UEFA Champions League matches as well and his passing accuracy is essential to Pep Guardiola's style of play. The Spanish international midfielder has had a passing accuracy of 89%, his best in City colours.
Silva is playing in a slightly deeper role and is expected to do some defensive work as well. The silky midfielder has impressed with his work rate and is always keen to help his team defensively.
The fact that he has won more than half of his aerial duels for the first time in his Manchester City career shows his commitment to the cause.
The 31-year-old Manchester City midfielder has played the most minutes (1142) for his side in the league. His manager, Pep Guardiola, was asked about his compatriot and he said that:
"What I like the most about David - being a guy who's a bit serious in his life, a little bit shy - is how competitive he is, and aggressive, in winning duels, when normally he is a guy more about technique and the pass".
Currently, there are discussions over a contract extension as his present deal will end in 2019. Manchester City can't afford to lose a player playing with such verve and poise. The experience and form of Silva will be vital if City wishes to continue to improve in the coming years.