Manchester City’s best deal was not to sell the sublime Bernardo Silva … he is running the show for Pep Guardiola’s side
- Manchester City beat Brighton 4-1 in the Premier League on Saturday
- Phil Foden scored a double while Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez also scored.
- Bernardo Silva continued his good form with another brilliant performance
Just under an hour and Bernardo Silva has the ball. Jakub Moder and Adam Lallana are chasing. He launches between the duo, they collide with each other and are knocked down.
While they recover, Silva is missing. Bye. There is a reason it became known as ‘bubble gum’ in Monaco. The ball hits that left foot of yours.
Phil Foden scored two goals against Brighton, but he wasn’t Amex Stadium’s best player. That was Silva, the 27-year-old who has wanted to leave Manchester City in the last transfer windows for personal reasons. Pep Guardiola is very happy to have stayed.
Manchester City’s best deal in the summer was keeping Bernardo Silva
Silva was a pleasure to see you on Saturday. He acrobatically hooked the ball back for Ilkay Gundogan to open the scoring. He played the back pass for Jack Grealish to help Foden. It was here, there and everywhere.
It turns out that the best deal in the City in the summer might not be a player they bought, but the one they couldn’t find a buyer for. The club was willing to let him go, remember.
There is still talk that the Portuguese are not entirely happy in England. If this is him unhappy, crikey. Silva is at the peak of his powers in the Premier League right now.
He was named City Player of the Month for September and if he won it in October, few would complain.
‘Thank you,’ Silva said when asked if he had a message for fans on City’s official YouTube channel, ‘because the last few months it wasn’t easy for me. Your support for me is incredible.
The Portuguese winger was brilliant once again as City beat Brighton on Saturday
“I am playing in the midfield as I have done many times in the past. It’s the position I love to play in. I feel free to play there, to attack, to defend. I have to respect my position, but I feel quite free to do my job ”.
That freedom became apparent on Saturday. Silva is hired until 2025, but when he leaves, one wonders if Foden could take over midfield.
Right now, Foden is playing in a multitude of positions. It was a false nine here, but it can be used on the left, right or midfield, as it has been for England. Guardiola does not want to pigeonhole his player. It’s too good for that, he says. “There are players who play in a position and players who play soccer,” Guardiola said of Foden. “What it means to play soccer is that they can play in any position. They understand the game.
It doesn’t matter what position you play in. Play Well ‘.
As for Brighton, they left Amex knowing they had been defeated by the best, plain and simple. City were rampant in the first half, taking a 3-0 lead in 31 minutes. It seemed like they wanted to see how close they could get to the Chelsea seven earlier in the day.
But Brighton got back in the game. They struggled in the second half, scoring via Alexis Mac Allister’s penalty, before Riyad Mahrez made it 4-1.
Brighton boss Graham Potter had no complaints, saying this is what can happen when you play the best of the best.
With Silva running the show, City is definitely that.