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Bernardo Silva: Ballon d’Or Favourite After Exceptional Season?

After winning the UEFA Nations League player of the tournament, could Bernardo Silva be in the running for the Ballon d’Or award?

It would be fair to say that Silva has had a remarkable season, he’s won three trophies with Man City and now been a part of the winning Nations League team. However, the Premier League have overlooked the 24-year-old and have shown to be more in favour of Sterling’s efforts and Van Dijk.

It is now being discussed to who will win this year’s Ballon d’Or award and understandably, Silva’s name is in the mix. 

Virgil Van Dijk is set to be favourite to win the award after his impressive season and a Champions League win. Lionel Messi is also in the running, which is standard. Now that Silva is being recognised for his efforts, maybe the City star will earn another trophy for his collection.

When Bernardo won the Nations League player of the tournament, teammate Ronaldo didn’t seem too impressed, maybe he expected the award himself but if Silva also takes home the Ballon d’Or, how will 5-time winner Ronaldo take that news? 

Personally, I think it’s about time a City player won the award as they have been looked over for years. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United and even Leicester have all had more recognition from the French award officials than City have had in a decade.

The closest that a City player has been to take this award home was Kevin De Bruyne last year when he came in 9th place. So can Bernardo Silva set another City record by getting further up that list or even topping it? I really do hope so, I’m just not convinced that he will get as much of a look in as others, after he’s already won one award for his individual efforts this year and several team awards.

Man Utd Fans Want Man City’s Sane – Twitter Reacts To Hoeness Statement

Following the departures of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben at the end of the season, Bayern Munich have turned their attention to Man City’s Leroy Sane.

They see Sane as a direct replacement for the wingers, and with the German currently being a contract rebel at the Etihad, the signs are looking good for the Bundesliga Champions.

Following an indifferent year for Sane, and seemingly out of favour in Pep Guardiola’s plan. With him preferring either Raheem Sterling or Bernando Silva, even Riyad Mahrez for most of the season, it seems all ways lead of out Manchester.

Having been one of Guardiola’s first signings from Schalke for 37m, it seems Bayern Munich want to spend no more than their record fee of 70m. Furthermore, the Citizens are reportedly looking in the region 90m and not looking to budge on that figure.

However, a few Man United fans have jumped on the Sane train, as they look to close the gap to their rivals, and getting a player of Sane’s quality would certainly improve Solskjaer’s squad.

Twitter seems to be a mixed bag of opinions on Sane, as we see below…

Midfield SAS Can Be The Difference for City Against Brighton on Saturday…

The game between City and Brighton today will be a far cry from the one witnessed last May.  Both teams had achieved their aims for the season- City had won back the Premier League and Brighton had secured their aim of survival in their maiden Premier League campaign.

Yet Saturday’s fixture will be a far contrast to the end of season run around last May. Both teams have something realistic to play for. The home side are looking to go top of the league whereas Brighton are looking for their first win since August.

One man, in particular, will be looking to make all the difference when the two sides meet again – Bernardo Silva.

Silva hadn’t quite convinced everybody when he scored City’s second in the 3-1 win last May, he certainly will have done now.

The Portuguese has been City’s stand out performer in the opening six games, playing at his strongest when in the number ten role.

His form can only be highlighted on a rainy afternoon at Cardiff last week. Guardiola left out the Spanish Silva in the 5-0 thumping, yet he was not missed as Bernardo took over creative roles rather well.

Yet on Tuesday Bernardo was rested in The Carabao Cup at Oxford. A competition he got the majority of his action in early last season. David Silva took his place but on the back of their early season form, Guardiola has two silver linings on his hands.

So against a predictably stubborn Brighton, why not start both in advanced roles. Bernardo struggled out wide against Lyon last week, we all know it’s time for both Silva’s to take centre stage as City look to reach the summit of the table.

So far Bernardo has three goals in all competitions, including a goal in his last two games, yet it took him till January to reach that mark last season.

Dark nights are approaching fast at this time of year and the floodlights will be on a little bit longer at The Etihad very soon.

Yet on the pitch City don’t need to worry about the dark times that lie ahead when Bernardo’s in form. Playing alongside David, City will really start to light up the Premier League.

Pep needs to pick these two players in order to ease past Fulham

If you’ve been wondering why City haven’t been firing on cylinders over the last few games, the absence of a certain Belgian may tell you the answer.

Kevin De Bruyne’s injury sustained during pre-season training has meant the champions have lacked their usual creativity over the first few games, this was highlighted at it’s greatest, in games against Wolves and Newcastle before we broke up for the International break.

With KDB out till November, it means that another of Guardiola’s mega bucks players will have to do the damage.

With a squad as good as City’s, there really is no excuse.

The question is: Which of City’s stars will help fill the void that De Bruyne’s left to defeat Fulham?

Bernardo Silva

At this moment in the time, Bernardo is arguably City’s best player on form. The impression he has made from the word go has been impressive. In a more central role, Bernardo has the quality to replicate De Bruyne, certainly going forward.

He can pick a pass, play a great through ball and as City will enjoy nearly all the ball against Fulham, it’s vital Bernardo can unlock the door and break down the inevitable Fulham wall.

Getting The Portuguese in the central areas could be hugely important for City.

Out wide we didn’t see Silva at his best.

He can flourish as much as anybody in the middle of the park.

Phil Foden

Another international break has just passed where the media have moaned at our lack of attacking talent – Foden can buck the trend in this department. The task of the eighteen-year-old is very straightforward, he needs to impress when given game time.

This could be a problem for the young Englishman however.

At the moment Foden just can’t get a game for this City side. One hopes Foden won’t just become a squad player who competes in the Carabao and The FA Cups, it’s the aim of all associated with Manchester City that Foden makes it through to the first team.

With De Bruyne on the sideline, why not take a risk and give Foden a go.

Look what happened to Marcus Rashford!