He may have been widely revered as one of the most exciting young players in Europe last season but Bernardo Silva’s had to wait for his chances since moving to Manchester City in the summer.
In fact, the Portugal international has made only three starts in all competitions thus far, totalling just 347 minutes, with the likes of David Silva, Leroy Sane, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling ahead of him in the pecking order.
But the 23-year-old certainly hasn’t let himself down during his cameo outings for the Citizens and he reminded everybody of what he can do last night, in Portugal’s 2-0 win over Switzerland.
Silva, who Transfermarkt value at £36million, capped off an impressive performance by supplying namesake Andre Silva for the European Champions’ second goal – one of four chances he created throughout the 90 minutes, the most of any player on the pitch.
But what will have perhaps impressed Pep Guardiola more was Silva’s industry off the ball, making the most tackles of any Portugal player and the joint-most of any player for either side.
We often praise Guardiola’s teams for their attacking venom and creative flair, but that wouldn’t be possible without the energy they use to win the ball back – something Silva’s performance last night suggested he’s more than willing to do as well.
With City facing eleven fixtures before the end of November in three different competitions, Silva looks ready to take up a more significant role in the first team.