Mon 14 Jan by Nick Said
He is known as the ‘Little One’ at Manchester City, but Portuguese midfielder Bernado Silva has also been described as ‘superhuman’ after some incredibly energetic displays in the middle of the park for the Premier League champions.Silva does not gain the same headlines as Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne or Leroy Sane as much of his good work goes largely unnoticed, but he is equally as important to the side and has arguably been the club’s Player of the Season so far.Described in the British press as “part ballerina, part battering ram”, he has incredible ball control and skill, but also the steel to get in among the opposition and disrupt their play.His performance in the vital victory over Liverpool earlier this month was outstanding, and won him plaudits from all quarters.
“He is the smallest one but he shows us that to play football, you don’t have to be tall or more physical. He did everything,” City manager Pep Guardiola said.
“He is incredible. I haven’t seen a performance like that in a while. It was clean and clever.”Teammate Fernandinho agreed and spoke of the importance of the 24-year-old to the team.“The Little One is very good. I think he showed his class,” the Brazilian midfielder said.“He has showed his technique so many times, he was so aggressive, recovered so many balls and he proved he is very good – one of the best players in our team. He is so important for us.”Silva took some time to settle in English football after his July 2017 arrival from French Ligue 1 side Monaco.He made 35 league appearances as City romped to the Premier League title last season, but was often criticized for his play as he tried to adjust to the pace of the English game.But he has been a quick learner and his second season has been much more accomplished as he proves not just a hard worker in the midfield, but also the scorer of important goals.Silva was born in Lisbon and made just a single appearance for hometown club Benfica before making the switch, initially on loan, to Monaco in 2014. He spent four seasons in all in France.
He will again be a key figure for City when they travel away to Huddersfield in the Premier League on Sunday.