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Manchester City To Keep Hold Of Their Portuguese Wizard: How Does He Impact Guardiola’s Attack?

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According to a recent report from Mirror, it was mentioned that Manchester City are reluctant of letting Bernardo Silva exit the Etihad Stadium. The Portuguese wizard has been linked with several clubs including Barcelona and PSG with a move away from the Sky Blues this off-season but the Mancunian giants are keen to keep hold of him.

Silva’s Impressive Run Of Form For Manchester City Last Season

Silva had a solid campaign last season when he managed to produce some influential displays as a key member of Guardiola’s starting XI. He appeared in over 50 matches for the Mancunian giants last season, scoring 13 goals and creating seven assists across all fronts.

The Portuguese sensation performed consistently for Man City on the attacking end of the field as he averaged 1.3 shots, 1.7 key passes, 1.6 tackles, 0.5 interceptions and 1.5 dribbles per game in Premier League football. He was spectacular with his ball distribution, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 89.6% in the English top-flight (stats via whoscored).

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 21: Bernardo Silva of Manchester City battles for possession with Fabian Delph of Everton during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton at Etihad Stadium on November 21, 2021, in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency:
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How Does He Impact Guardiola’s Attack?

Bernardo Silva has made his presence felt in the central areas of the pitch over the recent years. He excels at getting past defenders with his agility and excellent ball control. To add to that, he can also create some clear-cut goal-scoring chances in the attacking third, finding his teammates with his impressive vision. Furthermore, he can time his tackles to win the ball from the opposition and has a high defensive work rate.

His wizardry is key for the Sky Blues as they transition into an attack. He can keep hold of the ball and maintain possession for his side. The Portugal international is primarily a midfielder but remains versatile to feature anywhere over the frontline. We’ve seen a beautiful partnership between Silva and Kevin De Bruyne as they link up to make attacking plays inside the opponent’s half.

Pep Guardiola has been wise to keep hold of him and Silva will remain an important member of City as they go on to defend the Premier League title in their next campaign.

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