Over the last two Premier League games Manchester City have shown slight glimpses of the form that won them the Premier League last season.
It has been no coincidence that in these games, two key factors have returned to the City squad—two of the reasons that contributed dramatically in the first Premier League crown arriving at the Etihad Stadium since the money of Sheik Mansour was pumped into the club.
I am talking about the return to the first team of Gareth Barry and the return to some sort of form by the mercurial David Silva.
Barry, who is much maligned by everyone apart from Manchester City fans, is the key cog in Roberto Mancini’s highly prized machine.
What nobody sees is the dirty work that Barry does, he is the glue of the team and without him Manchester City are much worse off.
He is so good that you don’t even notice he is playing half the time.
He does everything with minimum fuss and maximum efficiency. He is a manager’s dream, never in the headlines and shy of controversy—what more could Mancini ask for?
His return to the side against Fulham and Sunderland has resulted in two victories and better still, two relatively solid performances where only goal has been conceded.
As I said Barry is the glue, the vital cog, City work when he is in the side…as you can tell I’m a fan!
The return to form of Silva could be even more important for the Blues; his performances last season where outstanding, particularly in the first half of the season.
But he had started this season slowly, which may have had something to do with him not having a break after a successful Euro 2012 with Spain.
In the Sunderland game especially and also to an extent the Dortmund game in the Champions League last week, the old David Silva seemed to be closer than he had been for a while in a City shirt.
If Gareth Barry is the glue, then David Silva is definitely the heartbeat. The creative force in the side
He makes the side tick when he is on form; it seems when he is in the mood everything goes through him.
His understanding with the likes of Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero is almost telepathic and is the source of so many goals for City.
If he can continue to improve then Manchester City will continue to improve.
After a slow start to the season things may be about to come to life for City as they look to continue to build on what they have already achieved.