Manchester City might boast a host of big names in their squad, but Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher believes David Silva is the pick of the lot.
The Spanish midfielder has proved one of the club’s star performers since arriving from Valencia in 2010 for £24 million, recording 28 goals and 64 assists in 189 games across all competitions, while winning two Premier League titles, the FA Cup in 2011 and League Cup last season.
With City facing Chelsea at home in Sunday’s highly-anticipated Premier League clash, Carragher says that the 26-year-old is one of his favourite players to watch in the division, and insists he would pick him for his team over every other member of Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
‘I’d go for David Silva from City,’ he wrote in his Sky Sports column. ‘He is one of my favourite players to watch because of the way he moves and glides with the ball and what he can do with it.
‘He switches between playing as a No 10 or in the wider areas but he always finds those dangerous pockets of space and is extremely difficult to pick up – though Chelsea did manage to negate him last season with Nemanja Matic and David Luiz playing shielding roles.’
His importance to Manuel Pellegrini’s side underlined this summer, when the club moved to tie him down to a new five-year deal at the Etihad Stadium, Silva will no doubt prove key to the outcome of the weekend’s matchup, especially with Yaya Toure struggling for form and Sergio Aguero still to hit full fitness.