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2 La Liga players Man City should be looking at to replace David Silva

It’s no secret that David Silva will be leaving Manchester City at the end of the season, and The Football Manc Cave are looking at 2 possible La Liga players who could be recruited as a replacement.

David Silva is a player who has earned the respect of fans, teammates and management at Man City. It’s his last season with the Manchester club and it will be sad to see him leave. A lot of the younger players and even some of the older look up to him. With the money that City have, it’s likely that instead of getting someone from the development squads to up their game and move into a similar position, that someone else will be recruited.

I’m looking at 2 players who could potentially replace the City legend and fill that space. They probably won’t be able to fill that hole in the squad completely but they could give it a go.

Sergio Canales

He broke into Real Santander’s first team at the age of 17. Real Madrid quickly snapped him up as he was one of Spain’s most promising looking midfielders. The only problem was, he sustained quite a few ligament injuries that stalled his career.

In current times he is displaying some of his best football as he has recovered well from the time he spent injured, and Real Sociedad and Real Betis have seen him at his absolute best. This led to him getting called up to the Spanish National team earlier this year. He’s now 28, very creative and has a great left foot. He may be way off Silva’s ability, however, he does have some great and very similar attributes.

According to WhoScored.com, he has a pass rate of 79.2 and a total rating of 5.97. Compare this to Silva who is rated at 71.9 with a pass rate of 86.1. This might seem like a bit of a difference, however, when you look at the age difference, Silva is 33. Canales still has time to up those figures.

Nabil Fekir

Some might recognise this name as he has been a man who has been monitored by quite a few teams over the summer after his recent displays. The left-footed midfielder is another who has similar attributes to David Silva, the main difference is that he’s more of a goal-scoring midfielder than an outright creator.

He would still be a great addition to the Manchester side. He’s been with Lyon for quite some time and has only recently made his move to the La Liga after he joined Real Betis. It might be very early for him to want to move and he probably wouldn’t be let go easily. However, he might be considered for the future if he wanted to make the move to English football. After all, he was linked with Liverpool for a short period.

According to WhoScored.com once again, the midfielder had racked up some stats for himself. At the age of 26, he’s got an impressive average of 91.7% as his pass rate. He’s built an overall average rating of 6.98 which can only improve.

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