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Delph lauds Silva: “He is the Premier League’s best player by a country mile”

Date Posted,April 10, 2017

Manchester City’s defenders don’t need telling how good David Silva is – their failure to lay a hand on him in training is evidence enough.

According to Fabian Delph, the Spanish star – who made his 300th appearance for the club at the weekend – has his own ball at the training ground because no one can get it off him.

And the midfielder believes that makes Silva the best in English football by far.

“I have played against David and been at the club for almost two years. I do like to tackle and press, and I don’t think I’ve tackled him in two years,” Delph explained.

“He is phenomenal, and a great guy on and off the pitch – for me he’s the best player in the Premier League by a country mile and him getting his 300th appearance is amazing. I am really happy for him.”

David Silva in action against Chelsea last week (Photo: 2017 Getty Images)
Fabian Delph of Manchester City scores his sides third goal
Delph is a major fan of his Spanish teammate (Photo: Reuters)

Silva may have the admiration – and envy – of his team-mates for his audacious skills, but he is rarely recognised for honours at club or country level.

He has played 111 times for Spain, but is rarely given credit for his country, and has yet to be nominated for Player of the Season in the Premier League, despite his astounding consistency at the highest level.

Delph admits he is baffled by that – but believes the winger will go on playing at the highest level for many years yet, despite his lack of recognition.

The Spaniard has often captained City this term (Photo: Stu Forster)

“I can’t put my finger on why that is,” the midfielder said of the lack of awards. “Football is about opinions, and that is mine, and maybe a few others.

“But it’s surprising that he is not in the team of the year every single season as he is a dream to play with and to have around the place.

“He is 30, 31 now, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he played another 200-300 games. He seems to be very fit, very strong, recovers very well – a very professional guy.”

David Silva of Manchester City in action with Fabian Delph of Villa
Delph has played both with and against the Spaniard (Photo: Getty)

Delph would love to get even half the game time Silva enjoys, and after finally coming in from the Etihad cold and appearing in City’s last two games, he believes his patience and hard work could yet be rewarded.

“I’m a really positive person and all through my life and career I have been a hard worker and a believer that hard work will get repaid,” he explained.

“There isn’t a day I have not worked hard and in the last couple of games the manager has repaid me. I had the opportunity to play two games and have done OK in both.

“It’s frustrating not to be playing but you have to keep going. It’s an unbelievable squad, where everyone is very talented. I knew when I came here I wouldn’t play 60 games a season, but it was an opportunity to better myself and possibly win trophies.”

Fabian Delph of Manchester City scores his sides third goal
Delph blasts home against Hull (Photo: Getty)

Lack of minutes means Delph is a little rusty, but his goal against Hull proved he is getting back into the swing of things – even if it took a little time to find his range.

“I have not played a lot this season and was rushing my shots, trying to hit them too hard – my first couple of shots were pretty awful – I nearly hit my wife and kids at one point!” he added.

“You probably saw my first pass of the game, when I put them through on goal, but once I steadied myself I managed to get into the game and felt a bit more comfortable.

“On a personal level it’s always nice to get some game time. I needed the goal.”

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