Much has already been said and written about Manchester City play-maker David Silva this season, but the Spanish international deserves even more praise after his outstanding performance against West Bromwich Albion this weekend.
The City star not only scored the final goal in a 3-0 win – his 11th of an impressive campaign – but he also carved out chance after chance for his teammates, causing the Baggies all sorts of problems.
Wilfried Bony opened the scoring for the reigning Premier League champions before Fernando doubled the hosts’ advantage five minutes before half-time.
In that first half, Silva played an exceptional nine key passes, and he would go on to add two more in the second period, as well as applying the finishing touch to a chance of his own.
The 29-year-old remains one of the most talented and influential players in the Premier League, and against West Brom he showed why.
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As well as his 11 key passes - a wonderful effort from a wonderful player - the City star also had a passing accuracy of 89 per cent, while he touched the ball an impressive 148 times.
Of his passes, 39 were played forward and he also won seven duels to show he can put his foot in as well as create.
City may yet fall short in the race to retain their title, but they can be grateful for Silva's efforts and for a fine home win that settles some of the nerves that have recently surfaced around the Etihad.