With Manchester City having been linked with Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish recently, one man who may be worried for his future with the Citizens is Bernardo Silva.
The Daily Star suggested recently that City were eying a move for the England international, after his superb start to the season for Dean Smith’s side.
In seven Premier Leauge games for the Birmingham-based club, the 25-year-old has contributed four goals and five assists, resulting in an incredible average rating of 8.18 (per WhoScored).
You imagine that if City were to sign the former Notts County loanee, he would certainly be pushing for a spot in City’s first-team, considering the hefty fee they would have to spend in order to bring the £40.5 million-rated midfielder to the Etihad.
This would add to the already steep competition in Pep Guardiola’s side and one man who might have to miss out in order to accommodate Grealish could be Bernardo Silva.
The Portuguese international set a high standard in his first two seasons in the Premier League after signing from AS Monaco in 2017, with Guardiola suggesting following the 2018/19 season that:
“He was the best, not just in our team. Bernardo can play incredibly well everywhere, give me a team and he can play well there. He does everything with the ball.” (per Manchester City)
However, the 26-year-old has been unable to match those standards in the Premier League so far this season, as in five appearances in the top-flight, he has contributed to no goals and averaged a disappointing 6.60 rating (per WhoScored).
Guardiola already has the likes of Phil Foden and Ferran Torres establishing themselves as important players in his squad, so if Silva’s poor form continues and Grealish arrives, perhaps he could be the man who is axed from the City squad.
The Portuguese winger is one of City’s top earners, as he is currently paid £150,000 a week, suggesting that it would make financial sense for City to cash in on the £72 million-rated man should Grealish arrive, so he will have to drastically improve his form if he wants to ensure that he is still a key member of Guardiola’s squad in the long-term.