While this has very much been the season of Raheem Sterling when it comes to Man City, Bernardo Silva has also been lauded throughout as a key component of Pep Guardiola’s colossus as they’ve racked up another massive points haul.
The Portuguese is a perfect blend of skill and hard work. He runs his socks off up and down the pitch, pressing the opposition and constantly working to create space for his teammates either out wide or in more narrow in the midfield.
His blend of technique and work rate in a fairly slight frame is really reminiscent of Oscar for Chelsea. The Brazilian was supposed to be an attacking midfielder capable of playing deeper, and despite showing flashes of quality he never quite lived up to the expectations of his early days at the club.
The way City swooped for Bernardo, integrated him slowly last year and then made him a star was really impressive. Sadly for Chelsea fans, it looks as though he’s become the player we always hoped Oscar would be for us. What a pity we didn’t make more of an effort to bring him in from Monaco that fateful summer that City did, instead settling for Bakayoko for a similar price.
That has to go down as one of the board’s biggest mistakes of recent years. Silva is now a key man in one of the most impressive teams we’ve ever seen in this country, and Oscar is out in China.