In this player profile piece, new Feudalist Nekzad Bajan (follow him on twitter @nekzaDd) looks at a player who has undoubted quality, but joins a midfield group which has no shortage of that attribute. Bernardo Silva has similar attributes to his older Iberian teammate. David Silva but he is competing with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane, as well as the aforementioned Silva and the ageless Yaya Toure for playing time. What do you think of his fantasy point scoring potential this season in FPL?
On 26 May 2017, Manchester City made their first marquee signing of the summer transfer window by acquiring Bernardo Silva of Monaco for a reported fee of £43m. The Blues seemed to have a good attacking midfield as well as frontline last season but Guardiola clearly wanted to strengthen it still further and hence signed the 22-year old Portuguese.
Silva was a product of Benfica’s youth system and made his debut for the club’s B team in August 2013. He was voted as the Segunda Player of the Year that season scoring 7 goals in 38 appearances. Farmed out to Monaco on loan in August 2014, Silva produced 9 goals and 3 assists in his 36 appearances, making the deal permanent just 5 months into the season. Last season, Silva played an important role in steering Monaco to the French title, supplying 8 goals and 9 assists in 37 outings. His performances in the Champions League also caught the eye, scoring against Spurs and assisting against Manchester City as the French side claimed their spot in the semi-finals. At the international level, Silva steered Portugal to the semi finals of the UEFA European U19 Championships in 2013. Making his senior debut in March 2015, he has scored once in 12 occasions, missing last year’s Euro competition due to an injury.
Watching the boy’s game-play, it cannot be wrong to say that he is a carbon copy of namesake David Silva. The Portuguese stands five foot eight and is physically imposing. He possesses the ability to dance his way with the ball past opponents and is absolutely calm under pressure. Silva keeps possession in the tightest of situations and all of these factors are certainly vital to blend well in a Guardiola side.
Although Silva has mainly shone from the right flank, he is versatile which could be a key to claim regular starts. He can play on the left as well as in a central support role. If the boss continues to alternate with the 4-1-4-1 or 4-2-3-1 formations like he did towards the end of last season, there will be enough options for Silva to prove his potential. Just like last season, the likes of David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling will all be competing for starts.
Sterling should find it difficult to get into the starting XI, particularly after Jesus played exceptionally well on the right flank in the final two fixtures last season.
Silva has been priced at a low £8m in Fantasy Premier League making him an absolute bargain from the expensive City attack. His arrival certainly looks to improve City’s attacking prospects as Guardiola eyes for the title in his second season at the Etihad.
Gabriel Jesus (£10.5m) is a much cheaper option than fellow Argentinian, Sergio Aguero (£11.5m) for our premium three-man frontlines. Kevin de Bruyne (£10m) is one of the best midfield men to pick from the Blues’ side but those managers wanting a double attacking cover would need to switch over to Silva due to the Belgian’s hefty price tag.
Another one to monitor is Leroy Sane (£8.5m). The German started in just four of last season’s first 11 gameweeks but was picked in the XI 16 times over the next 17 gameweeks.
There are absolutely no doubts about the new boy’s abilities and potential. With quite a high number of managers picking a Jesus-Kane partnership up top in their squads, it remains to be seen whether the Portuguese can emerge as a good City coverage. With Guardiola strengthening his defence too by adding Kyle Walker and Danilo to his side, Manchester City will certainly provide some fantasy options at all positions for managers in the land of FPL.