Silva Can Take Manchester City To The Promise Land

15 07 2010

The flirtatious affair with English football, which has seen the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool battle for his signature over the past couple of years has finally been concluded. The unlimited budget of oil rich Manchester City has acquired a player that they could have only dreamed of four years ago.

Born in Arguineguín, a town in the Canary Islands, David Silva was signed to Valencia CF at the age of 14, a club which not only had him on their books, but also his father who is currently part of the stadium security. His development was fast, at the age of 17 he was already playing first team football on loan to SD Eibar, but it was the following season at Celta Vigo when Los Che realised they had a prodigy. After joining the newly promoted side it only took two substitute appearances before he was integral to their sixth place finish, resulting in UEFA Cup football the following season.

Silva Is All Smiles Ahead Of His Move To Eastlands

In four seasons he amassed 155 games for Valencia and scored 29 goals, and after a turbulent couple of seasons he left the club on a high, firstly by scoring a career best 10 goals, but more importantly securing Champions League football for his former side, with the financial benefits being pivotal for its survival. That’s the factor behind his departure, Valencia are crippled in a reported €600 million debt and even had to halt building their stadium, Nou Mestalla, because the money dried up.

Internationally he has always been important for Spain, even from a young age. Silva was part of the squad, alongside Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, who competed in 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland and were runners-up to Brazil. He has represented La Roja from U-17 all the way to the senior team, where he made his debut in a friendly in November 2006. The winger has also been involved in Spain’s rise to the top of International football and has played both in the Euro 2008 and slightly less so in 2010 World Cup winning sides.

With the project that City’s owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan has planned out, Silva could be the man who leads them to glory. At a reported £24 million some clubs might have been reluctant to pay the fee, but if he can adapt to the playing style then he could be one of the best players in the English league. The 24-year-old underwent a medical on Wednesday having agreed a four-year contract at Eastlands.

“I will be happy if at the end we are in the Champions League – or if we win a trophy,” Silva told the club’s website. “My first target is to get into the team, and then to fight for the league and the other competitions.”

He has followed a contingent of players from La Liga including Pablo Zabaleta, Javier Garrido, Robinho and follow new recruit Yaya Toure. Although being tracked by the big two in Spain, and looked as if a move to Real Madrid was close this summer, Silva has done something that Kaka hasn’t. He has taken the ‘risk’ of playing for a smaller club than perhaps his ability suggests, but sees the project as something that’s exciting. Of course they have developed since the January 2009 when Kaka rejected them, and maybe it might have been a financial decision to join The Citizens, but with the decline of Liverpool and the doubts still over Arsenal City have a chance of achieving their first target of breaking into the top four, and the potential is there to attract bigger stars.

The versatility of Silva is something which would have appealed to Roberto Mancini, and with such a huge pool of talent to choose from, it might help Silva become a regular. With the ability to play on either flank, in the trequartista role or as a second striker, the danger that Silva can cause in this league will be exciting for the men in light blue. Question marks have been raised over whether his linear frame and injury record will result to him disappointing in England, but the likes of Luka Modric and Gianfranco Zola have proved that clique is not always true. This marquee signing has stated the ambition that Manchester City have, and the real intent that with Mancini in helm for a whole season this time around they can challenge for that Premier League crown. They will hope however that Silva doesn’t turn out to be a major disappointment like Robinho.

As seen on – A Different League

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