The Most Underrated Player In The Premier League? Manchester City Maestro Continuing To Set Alight English Football
It is difficult to talk about Manchester City and underrated in the same sentence.
The Citizens are one of the great Premier League teams of all time with north of 100 points last season and every chance they can add another title this term thanks to their brilliant form entering the business end of the campaign.
The Etihad Club are still fighting on all fronts in the quest for a historic quadruple and their key players are once again getting all the plaudits they deserve. Sergio Aguero is scoring the goals, Raheem Sterling is unplayable and David Silva is pulling the strings.
One player who hasn't been available for large chunks of the campaign is the sensational Kevin De Bruyne with injuries stifling his season so far but City have hardly missed a beat without one of their star men.
That is down to the form of Bernardo Silva who has been nothing short of magical this term for Pep Guardiola.
The little Portuguese magician perhaps didn't enjoy the best of debut season's last term as he struggled to gain a regular place in the team and only showed glimpses of his undoubted quality when given the chance. The injury problems for De Bruyne though have opened the door and Silva has kicked it down and proven himself to be one of the most talented play-makers in English football.
Playing on the right had side and cutting in on his left foot, Silva was once again at it against Fulham as he opened the scoring with a lovely low drive into the far corner and although fans are starting to take note, he remains underrated by the vast majority.
Six goals and seven assist is a decent return of course but there is no doubt that Bernardo Silva's influence on this brilliant City team goes deeper than those bare numbers and at just 24, the Benfica youth product is only going to get better. It is testament to his quality that someone like Kevin De Bruyne can miss the majority of the campaign and the team hardly miss him at all which is a remarkable testament to the strength and power of this current Manchester City squad.
Silva has had to take his time to settle into life in England but he has clearly worked hard to get to the level he is now and the fruits of that labour are starting to show. The plaudits are coming slowly but they can't arrive quick enough at the moment for a player who is stepping out of the shadow of his team mates and becoming one of the very players in the Premier League.