Date: 27th April 2011 at 6:16pm
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The VMC Forum has sent up the sky blue smoke to name The Citizens 53rd Man of The Match of the campaign. We look back at what the experts said about David Silva last year…

Daily Torygraph, September 2010:

‘Silva’s slight physical stature and failure to make an impact have led to suggestions that he might find himself out of his depth in the dog-eat-dog world of the English game…As Steve Bruce might say, ‘that boy needs to get on the weights.’

Das Daily Mail, October 2010:

‘Barcelona could rescue David Silva from Manchester City if the Spain midfielder continues to struggle at Eastlands. The lightweight 24-year-old only signed on at City in the summer, but there are already question marks over his £24million move from Valencia. Silva has struggled to recreate his La Liga form in England.’

La Cadena Ser Radio, Spain:

‘Atletico Madrid are set to offer unsettled Manchester City star David Silva an escape route back to Spain. Silva, 23, started the Blues’ opening Premier League match against Tottenham but has since been demoted to the substitute’s bench. Manager Roberto Mancini has insisted the lightweight playmaker will need time to adapt to the frantic nature of the top flight.’

The Bleacher Report, September 2010:

‘David Silva showed weak performances at the beginning matches and there is the reason why you did not see him featured in the next ones…Silva was not needed by City, but needed to be sold by the cash strapped Valencia…Silva could have forged a greater career elsewhere like in SPL but not in the EPL.’

The Daily Rag Mirror, September 2010:

‘City flops Adebayor for Real Madrid and Silva for Atletico.’, August 2010:

‘Transfer flop: David Silva. I can see him getting kicked off the pitch by every full back he faces. If his temperament is right, then he’ll prosper but I’m calling it now? He’ll be back in Spain within 12 months.’

VMC Man of The Match No.53 versus Blackburn Rovers

21. David Silva 46.15%
10. Edin Dzeko 15.38%
19. Joleon Lescott 11.54%
34. Nigel De Jong 11.54%
25. Joe Hart 7.69%
5. Pablo Zabaleta 3.85%
45. Mario Balotelli 3.85%
4. Vincent Kompany 0%
13. Aleksandar Kolarov 0%
18. Gareth Barry 0%
11. Adam Johnson 0%
42. Gnegneri Toure Yaya 0%
24. Patrick Vieira 0%
38. Dedryk Boyata 0%

The Story So Far:
FA Premier League unless stated

Silva 11 (Salzburg A, ELGS Blackpool A, Poznan H, ELGS, Poznan A, ELGS, West Brom A, Stoke City A, Bolton H, Birmingham A, Villa H FAC5, Wigan H, Blackburn A)
Kompany 6 (Sunderland A, Chelsea H, Newcastle H, the rags A, Sunderland H, Liverpool A)
Tévez 4 (Wigan A, Wolves H, WBA H, Dynamo Kyiv H, ELR16 2L)
Y Toure 4(Timisoara A, ELQ3 1L, Juventus H, ELGS, West Ham A, the rags FAC SF)
Zabaleta 3 (Everton H, Fulham H, Dynamo Kyiv A, ELR16 1L)
Dzeko 3 (Aris A, ELR32 1L, Notts County H, FAC4R, Aris H, ELR32 2L)
Johnson 3(Blackburn H, Juventus A ELGS, Leicester H FAC3R)
Hart 3 (Spurs A, Blackpool H, Arsenal A)
De Jong 2(Birmingham H, Reading H, FAC QF)
Richards 2(Arsenal H, Notts County A FAC4)
Milner 2 (Salzburg H,ELGS, Leicester A FAC3)
Barry 2(Liverpool H, Newcastle A)
Kolarov 2(Fulham A, Villa A)
Lescott (Chelsea A)
Balotelli (Villa H)
K Toure (the rags H)
Adebayor (Wolves A)
Boyata (Timisoara H, ELQ3 2L)
Given (West Brom A, LC3)

VMC’s Previous Man Of The Season:
Based upon MOTM polls won

2007-2008 Elano Blumer
2008-2009 Stephen Ireland
2009-2010 Carlos Tevez


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