Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

SILVA? HE'S SOLID GOLD SAYS BLUES BOSS PELLE ; City Chief Says That If Spanish Playmaker Was at Real or Barca His Name Would Be Up in Lights.

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

SILVA? HE'S SOLID GOLD SAYS BLUES BOSS PELLE ; City Chief Says That If Spanish Playmaker Was at Real or Barca His Name Would Be Up in Lights.

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THE professional footballers of England decided that last season Adam Lallana was a better player than David Silva.

The claims that footballers are a bit thick is outdated and too generalised, but when they make collective decisions like that, you have to wonder.

It is an odd situation that those who watch Silva play regularly for City, whether it be fans, teammates or Manuel Pellegrini, think that Silva is only one notch below the elite club of two, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, when it comes to being the best in the world.

Last season, Silva was undoubtedly the Blues' most consistent player so for others to vote Lallana - who had a fine season - onto the Premier League team of the year, is bordering on criminal.

Yaya Toure grabs the limelight by grabbing games by the scruff of the neck, creating and scoring spectacular goals when the chips are down.

But anyone who watches City regularly will tell you that Silva's contribution, spread over a season, is probably greater. Pellegrini has entered the debate during a sunshine break in Spain this week, claiming that Silva does not get the recognition he deserves.

The City boss believes that the fact Silva plays for City, rather than one of the big Spanish clubs, counts against him when it comes to getting plaudits.

That was underlined by the fact that Silva was not mentioned in the ballyhoo around the Ballon d'Or and FifPro World XI named this week.

Few would argue against the fact that Ronaldo, Messi and Germany keeper Manuel Neuer were the top three.

In the World XI, the inclusion of Andres Iniesta raised a few eyebrows. Iniesta has been a brilliant player for Spain and Barcelona, an all-time great, but he has not had a great year, for club or country.

And while Silva also flopped at the World Cup finals, he was outstanding for City as they took the Premier League title. …

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