With Manchester City struggling to get going this season, it’s understandable that their fans might wistfully gaze over at Real Sociedad to see how David Silva is getting on without them. 

A statue for who many consider City’s greatest ever player is set to be unveiled outside the Etihad in 2021, but if any of the club’s supporters really want to pay homage to El Mago then they might consider a pilgrimage out to San Sebastian – if life ever gets back to normal – to see one of their heroes in the flesh.

Moving forward might be necessary, but it can be painful. Sergio Aguero is now the only player left from the side that trounced United 6-1 back in 2011.

There was a sense that the club didn’t adequately fill the gap left by Vincent Kompany last season, and there’s a similar sensation again, looking almost ordinary without Silva’s stardust.

Theoretically, between Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva, they should have more than enough creativity and guile in midfield to account for Silva’s departure.

But the Spaniard left an indelible mark. Filling the void left by a magician is easier said than done. continue reading

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