David Silva: New Manchester City Contract Highlights Importance to the Club

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David Silva: New Manchester City Contract Highlights Importance to the Club
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Is David Silva Manchester City's most important player?

On Tuesday afternoon, Premier League champions Manchester City announced that midfielder David Silva had signed a new five-year contract with the club.

As per the club’s official website, the Spanish playmaker “has put pen to paper on a new contract, which will see him remain at the Etihad Stadium until at least 2019.”

Silva joined fellow City men Aleksandar Kolarov and Samir Nasri in signing contract extensions with the Citizens this summer.

That the deal will take the midfielder up to the age of 33 highlights the importance of Silva to the club.

In fact, it could be argued that the former Valencia man is the important player in the Manchester City squad.

 

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David Silva has had a lasting impact on Manchester City fortunes since joining in 2010.

Impact

Joining the Manchester club swiftly after helping Spain lift the 2010 World Cup, Silva quickly established himself as a key figure in then-manager Roberto Mancini’s first-team squad.

The City press release captures the player’s immediate popularity with fans:

In his very first season in the Premier League, David won three consecutive [Manchester City] Player of the Month awards between October and December, as fans took the diminutive playmaker straight to their hearts.

Silva won the FA Cup in his first season with the club and followed this with the league title the season after.

In four seasons with the Citizens, Silva has won two Premier League titles, the aforementioned FA Cup victory, one Capital One Cup and the Community Shield in 2012.

These achievements underline the phenomenal impact Silva has had upon moving to the Premier League. MCFC.co.uk continues “[Silva] dazzle[s] with his fleet-feet, eye for surgically precise through balls and handy knack for crucial goals.”

Since this introduction to English football, Silva has become one of world football’s foremost playmaking midfielders, operating in what has become known as the No. 10 role.

During the World Cup, Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer commented on the importance of this role in modern football, per BBC Sport:

“The No. 10 is still the man you want on the ball as much as possible, but he is now expected to score the goals as well as find the killer pass and create something out of nothing.”

Acting primarily as a playmaker, Silva has scored 21 goals in 130 Premier League appearances.

The keeper of the key within the City midfield and also a reliable source of goals, Silva’s impact and subsequent ubiquity within the squad have ensured the Spaniard is at least one of the club’s most important players.

 

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City captain Vincent Kompany certainly runs Silva close.

Contenders

A handful of other City players may quickly come to mind when considering the club’s most important player, but Silva stands out as a more subtly influential force.

Club captain Vincent Kompany would surely be the first name on most people’s lips, and it remains crucial that the Belgian is present to organise the Citizens defence.

In City’s recent 3-0 Community Shield loss to Arsenal, Kompany’s absence was central as the Gunners ran rampant.

However, the initial lack of a certain Spanish No. 21 was equally as notable, as Manuel Pellegrini’s side failed to break through on the attack.

On a similar level, Sergio Aguero would have undoubtedly aided the City cause against Arsenal.

The Argentine has scored 52 goals in 87 Premier League appearances since moving to the Premier League side, but persistent injury issues and the presence of Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo ensure Aguero isn’t quite indispensable.

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Silva can be considered the only truly consistent central attacking playmaker at the club—with players like Nasri more of an attacking, forward option—and as such, he is irreplaceable within the City ranks.

Elsewhere, Ivory Coast behemoth Yaya Toure can understandably be presented as the club’s most important charge—20 goals and 9 assists in 35 league games last season is a truly exceptional return for a midfielder.

However, Toure’s agent is seemingly on a one-man mission to undermine his client’s reputation with the club.

Most recently, Dimitri Seluk claimed, “There is a big possibility Yaya will leave this summer. He is very upset,” after the club failed to wish the player a happy birthday, according to The Daily Mail's David Kent.

Whether these reports are accurate or otherwise, the lingering threat of Toure’s departure detracts from the player’s importance to the club.

The same cannot be said of Silva, a model professional.

 

Commitment

Signing this new five-year deal underlines Silva’s unwavering commitment to the club, and this is just as relevant to the player’s importance to City as his obvious on-field ability.

Loyal Citizens should live safe in the knowledge that the side’s most nuanced and most important player will be with the club long into the future.

Silva seems happy with the club so long as their current success continues, and with the Spaniard in the squad, this is almost certain.

Having rebuffed the interests of Real Madrid in the past—last season’s Champions League winners—Silva has seemingly set his sights on victory amongst Europe’s elite, per Chris Wheeler of Daily Mail:

“That’s the objective. After winning these titles in the last few years, the very next objective is to win the Champions League.”

Securing the signature of Manchester City’s most important player is the biggest step Manuel Pellegrini has taken towards Champions League success since his appointment.

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