Sky pundit Jamie Carragher reserved special praise for Manchester City star David Silva following his wonderful performance at Aston Villa.
The Spanish international has been fairly quiet so far this season but showed why he is so highly rated as he shone during the Citizen’s 2-0 victory over their Midlands opponents.
Playing out on the left and drifting in-field, Silva showed awareness and technique to the highest levels as Sky pundit Jamie Carragher sung his praises in the Sky studio.
“One player you would love to watch, no matter who you support- it would be him. His awareness is the best in world football, (Andres) Iniesta and Xavi are the nearest level to him. He's something special.” He said, quoted by the Daily Mail.
Such traits have become a common factor in the development of a number of Spanish players of the years, leading to an enormous amount of success on the biggest stage.
A number of Silva’s international teammates such as Manchester United’s Juan Mata and Arsenal ace Santi Cazorla play in a similar style, yet Carragher believes the City star is levels above his competitors.
“'Couple of other Spaniards like him - (Santi) Cazorla and (Juan) Mata - he's two or three levels above them. You never see him get tackled, you can't get near him.”
|Team||Pos||Goals||Total Scoring Att||Key Pass||Accurate Pass||Total Pass||Dispossessed||Apps||Mins|
|Juan Mata||Man Utd||MF||2||5||7||227||92%||6||6||438|
|David Silva||Man City||MF||1||9||19||433||87%||18||7||587|
According to Opta Stats, Carragher's comments hold true in some aspects yet each player has excelled in a certain area.
United's Mata has so far this season provided the biggest goal threat, netting two goals for the Red Devils. Additionally, the former Chelsea ace has completed 92% of this passes - proving to be the most efficient when in possession.
As far as providing for his teammates, however, City's Silva comes out a clean winner with a total of 19 key passes. Carragher's assertion that he is rarely tackled though is not entirely true - demonstrated by being dispossessed on 18 occasions, three times as much as his Spanish colleagues.
Arsenal's Cazorla has on the other hand been dispossessed the least, although the Gunners ace has yet to score a goal despite having the highest number of attempts this season.