Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has revealed that Man City playmaker David Silva reminds him of Barcelona legends Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
Silva’s joined Man City in 2010 from Valencia and his magical ability on the ball has resulted in his teammates dubbing him ‘Merlin.’
The 32-year-old was at his mercurial best during the Manchester Derby last weekend, which led Redknapp to gush over his talent and compare him to Xavi and Iniesta, players Silva shared a midfield with when Spain dominated World Football from 2008-2012.
“There were so many things to admire,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“When I think about players of his quality, I think of Iniesta and Xavi, and his performance [against United] was at that level.
“The stat I really like is the 56 passes in the opposition half. That tells me that his game is now evolving and getting better.
“He knows that by getting into those positions and by getting further up the pitch, he can affect the game.
“He has that vital last pass and passes with purpose and penetration and does it so well. There’s so many good things that he does.
“His touch map sums it up. He was everywhere, he ran the game from start to finish and was so impressive.
“He just seems to be getting better and better.”
Silva will undoubtedly go down as one of Man City’s and the Premier League’s greatest ever players. He has won three top flights crowns since arriving in England eight seasons ago and is widely expected to add another winners medal to his burgeoning trophy collection this term.
He has been mentioned as a potential winner of the PFA POTY award this season – something many feel he deserves after such a distinguished career.