Is David Silva leaving Manchester City too soon?
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In June, David Silva proclaimed 2019/20 would be his last at Manchester City. He also stated the desire to play for boyhood club Las Palmas before retiring. Currently eighth in the Segunda Division, the Canary Island side would surely welcome his help. This season, however, Silva's performance level leaves observers wondering why he'd want to go?
When Silva put pen to paper in 2010, he probably didn't expect to win four Premier League titles, four League and two FA Cups. Helped largely by Sheikh Mansour's massive funding, the last 10 years have been Manchester City's most successful and Silva certainly played his part.
From his first season, you could tell Silva was a special talent. Playing mostly on the left, he'd cut inside, glide past challenges, spray passes and write his name on the scoresheet with regularity. A shrewd acquisition, he recorded four goals and seven assists in 35 league appearances. It was a sign of things to come.
Over the years, Silva matured into a more complete player. As time passed, he became suited to a role down the middle. No longer as quick, he isn't as exposed defensively. Pep Guardiola uses Silva in a three-man midfield, at times in a double pivot with Rodrigo, the more robust Spaniard happy to do the dirty work.
Silva might be past his best, but he still registers impressive numbers. The Spaniard averages a direct goal involvement every 115 minutes, greater than any other midfielder at the club, barring the ridiculous Kevin De Bryune [1:82]. Guardiola rotates him heavily. Thus, when called upon, the old man is fresh and ready to go. In 22 appearances, he boasts three goals and eight assists, on pace to double the numbers posted by his decade-younger self. With first-rate technical ability, an eye for a pass and that uncanny ability to evade challenges, Silva hasn't lost his touch.
🏟 617 Games
🇪🇸 123 Caps
⚽ 144 Goals
🎯 201 Assists
1 🏆🇪🇸 Copa Del Rey
4 🏆🏴 Premier League
4 🏆🏴 League Cup
2 🏆🏴 Community Shield
2 🏆🏴 FA Cup
2 🏆🇪🇺 European Championship
1 🏆 🌍 FIFA World Cup
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When he announced his pending departure, Silva confirmed the club offered him a two-year deal.
This is the last one. Ten years for me is enough. It’s the perfect time. Initially, the club were talking about two years, but I decided to sign another one so I finished at 10 years. It completes the cycle. It’s a nice round figure. I can never see myself playing against City for another team. So 10 years, that’s it.
He specifically ruled out a move to another Premier League side but said nothing about a possible La Liga return. The only club he mentioned other than City was Las Palmas. Los Canariones dropped to the Segunda Division in 2018 and finished 12th last season. Silva's presence might spark a promotion push in 2020/21. After a decade in England delivering titles to long-starved City fans, the Spaniard deserves to write his own ticket. Fans of both City and football would love to see him put his homecoming on hold for another season. He needn't stay at the Etihad but a return stint with Valencia or a campaign with Sevilla would add some flavour to La Liga.
Again, though, that's what we want and David Silva has given us more than enough.