Mark Noble believes Manchester City playmaker David Silva is currently outshining the likes of Mesut Ozil, Eden Hazard and Christian Eriksen.
The West Ham midfielder—who faced Silva during the Hammers’ 3-1 defeat to Manuel Pellegrini’s side—suggests the Spanish magician has the experience and haul of trophies to place him on a different level, per Darren Lewis of the Mirror:
At the minute he is probably better. He’s got that experience. He has won things with Spain. He has won championships here.
He has won cups here and he is like that week in, week out. He is one of the best players on the pitch every time he goes out there.
Silva played an influential part during City’s trip to the Boleyn Ground. He pulled the strings behind Sergio Aguero and set up one of the Argentinian striker's goals before netting the third himself.
As recorded by WhoScored, Silva now has two goals and three assists in five Premier League starts this season. Ozil shares exactly the same numbers, while Hazard has three goals and one assist in seven starts and one substitute appearance.
Noble suggests Silva’s success doesn’t come as a surprise and is the product of a Spanish generation that continues to develop classy players, per Lewis’ report:
That’s what Spain seem to be bringing through these days. Every player that comes over or every player that you see on the telly is a top, top player.
That’s why they have been winning everything over the last few years.
Silva has continued to suffer with injury problems in recent times, a factor that has stopped him reproducing the terrific form of City’s title-winning 2011-12 season.
Despite an influx of new talent at the Etihad, the 27-year-old should be considered alongside Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany and Aguero as Pellegrini’s most important players.
Not only does this quartet continue to excel with individual brilliance, but it also has the experience of landing City’s first Premier League title.
Pellegrini’s team has taken 16 points from eight games this season and currently trails leaders Arsenal by three. A trip to Stamford Bridge looms in the next domestic outing, a fixture that is likely to pit Silva against Hazard on the same pitch.
Noble's adoration for Silva is shared by City defender Micah Richards, per Lewis' report:
He’s like a little wizard, isn’t he? He is class. He is probably the best player I have played with. He just makes it look easy, the way he goes past people. He is just amazing.
Both Pellegrini and Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque will be anxious to see Silva remain fit this season. The former Valencia man has a key role to play at club and international level, especially as City look to regain the Premier League trophy and Spain have a World Cup to defend in Brazil.