The third and final player on my list is Portugal and Manchester City star, Bernardo Silva. Silva’s capabilities and attributes in playmaking and in the attack are without a doubt something spectacular. Since signing for City in 2017, he has made 166 appearances and scored 29 goals, helping them achieve the domestic treble while being named Manchester City’s player of the year in 2019. He was also part of the PFA Team of the Season for that same campaign.
Often termed as an ‘All-purpose midfielder’, Bernardo Silva excels in his versatility in attack while getting into lethal positions and creating goal-scoring chances for his team.
Silva is the kind of player who is literally everywhere on the pitch, especially in the attacking zones. He works his brilliance very sharply in accelerating quickly during short runs and taking the game to the opposition.
Pre-dominantly an attacking midfielder, the 27-year-old can be deployed on both wings and be offered a free-moving role in the attack. His powerful and well-estimated shots (like the one he scored against Real Madrid in the semi-final of the UCL) while excellently dribbling past defenders is his dominant attribute other than his skill to retain possession, among other things.
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No wonder, Silva will be a significant and probably the best addition to this Real Madrid team, providing the much-needed maturity and pace to the midfield along with the likes of Camavinga and Valverde, who continue to develop.