Mirror: Brilliant Silva is a thing of beauty
- 06 April 2014 09:19
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
City fans don’t need reminding what a superb season David Silva is having.
The standing ovations when he is substituted, the rapturous applause when he goes to take a corner – Blues fans know what a talent we have in the shape of the diminutive Spaniard.
With four players on 20 goals-plus, it would be easy to overlook El Mago’s contribution, but his Etihad Stadium appreciation society would never allow it.
The Mirror’s Andy Dunn feels the same. These are his thoughts:
“One who certainly will rise (next week at Anfield) is David Silva. If it was not for the Uruguayan who will line up against him next week, Silva would be my call for Footballer of the Year.
“At this stage of the season - at any stage - there is a lot of airtime filled with nonsense about leaders. Arsenal, in particular, haven’t go any, blah, blah, blah.
“Maybe. Leaders, though, don’t have to come with a clenched fist and an angry face. They don’t need to kiss the badge and have a fondness for tattoos.
“They can be small, elegant, quiet and understated. They can be David Silva.
“His leadership is in his talent - and his boldness in using it. His leadership is in always wanting possession, even in the tightest of positions. It is in never taking the easy option with a pass, always looking to create and never shifting the buck.
“He moves like water. Silva wasn’t even at his fluent finest here but he was still the best player on the pitch. Perhaps, when he kept his flag clamped to his thigh, the linesman was transfixed by Silva’s footballing beauty.”
Nicely put, but as I say, tell us something we don’t already know.
Skipper Vincent Kompany’s post-match interview against the Saints forms part of the Daily Mail’s report on yesterday’s game.
David Kent writes: “City captain Kompany told BT Sport: 'It's a good result so we're all happy.
‘We knew it was going to be a big game and a very difficult one, so we take a lot of positives and confidence out of this game. Not many teams will dominate a game against Southampton.'
“City benefited from a huge slice of luck for their second goal as Dzeko flicked a pass from Toure into the path of a clearly offside David Silva. Silva made the most of the opportunity as he set up Nasri for a simple close-range finish.
“Kompany said he had not seen TV replays of the goal, but added: ‘The goals were well built and I thought we didn't need too much possession to create a lot of chances. We can feel happy about the win.
'Our next game is Liverpool and we've got eight days to focus on that. It's going to be an important week, but two years ago we had to play Manchester United with three games to go and it was a lot tighter than it was now. We've played these games before and we'll prepare the best we can.
'We're very focused and know there will be difficult games to come, but we want to do the job right.'”
We’ll end today’s round-up with a look at a major piece of transfer business The Independent suggest City will complete before the summer.
Writes Jason Burt: “Manchester City are closing in on deals to sign Porto pair Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando for a combined fee of £41m.
“City, who maintained their Premier League title challenge yesterday with a 4-1 win over Southampton, attempted to acquire both players at the end of the January transfer window but the deals could not be completed in time.
“However, City's director of football, Txiki Begiristain, is understood to have continued the negotiations.
“The deal to sign Mangala, a rangy 23-year-old central defender who is a France international, is the most progressed, with sources in Portugal claiming yesterday that the fee could be as high as £29m.”
And that’s all for today. No doubt the Press will begin their build-up to next weekend’s trip to Merseyside will start tomorrow…