The modern day playmaker's role is changing, but SkySports duo Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher are not totally impressed.
Analysing David Silva's performance against Arsenal, the former rivals discussed Silva's happiness to sit back, and control the play from deep - in a different way to how a 'classic no. 10' would have two decades ago.
He scored his sixth league goal of the season against the Gunners, but this is a figure Carragher and Neville argued is nowhere near enough.
They compared them with the playmakers of yesteryear, Alessandro Del Piero, Rivaldo, Roberto Baggio, all players who thrived behind the main striker - yet contributed more goals.
Del Piero, now playing in Australia, once netted 24 goals in a season for Juventus, Rivaldo 36 with Barcelona, and Roberto Baggio 30 at Juventus. All three had goals per game ratios, illustrated in the SkySports studios, of between 0.4 and 0.6
All far exceeding the top outputs of the Premier League trio, Silva (10), Ozil (11), Oscar (13), each with a goal per game ratios of under 0.3.
And even taking into account the changing nature of the playmaker in the modern game, which is argued is focused more greatly on possession, Neville and Carragher believe the trio simply are not pulling their weight.
Carragher stated: "I think they getting away with murder, these players in that position. They should be getting 12-15 goals a season.
"They seem to want to create a goal, never score a goal. If they go six games without a goal, I don't think they really care."
His views were echoed by Neville, who added: "Ozil has been criticised this season for not scoring enough goals. I don't see the same questions over David Silva.
"It isn't the same output you'd expect from a second striker 10-15 years ago."
They added that their concerns were weighted by the fact the lack of goals from the playmakers adds pressure onto the main strikers - as seen by the flagging Olivier Giroud and Fernando Torres at Arsenal and Chelsea.
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