Punt of the Week - Gameweek 12 - Silva, the first loser?

After last weekend’s successful pick of Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud, I look to another underperforming big hitter waiting to break up the template teams of 2012/13. David Silva is one of those players that so far has been hidden in the shadows of his former self this season and is just waiting to thrust a double digit score upon us.

The Potential

With Manchester City hosting Aston Villa at the Etihad in Gameweek 12, Manchester City will be hot favourites for a comfortable win. City are unbeaten at home this season and will be looking to extend that run against a Villa side who have only won once away from Villa Park in 6 attempts with 4 defeats.

Silva will be looking to cement his place back in the starting 11 after a run of 3 games prior to the Spurs match out through injury. Silva is City’s main midfield threat and the man who can unlock the tightest of defences for the likes of Tevez, Aguero and Dzeko to fire City to 3 points. His stats confirm he is one of the most dangerous midfielders in the league when fit.

At 9.3m, Silva has fallen 0.7m from his original starting price and could be primed for investment as City’s fixtures definitely take a turn for the better after the next few Gameweeks. An assist in his last outing and 3 assists in his last 4 matches is a man in form and waiting to take that form on one step further. Mancini will look to give Silva another 90 minutes in order for him to get back to that devastating form from the first half of last season.

The Risk

There is always a risk in City coverage as I’m sure we’ve all fallen foul of it at some point, whether it be Richards at right-back, Kolarov at left-back, the midfield plethora of players they have or even this week seeing Aguero playing 90 minutes against Saudi Arabia. Will he play 90 minutes before a vital Champions League decider against Real Madrid at the Etihad?

Silva, though, despite three assists in four starts recently, has not shown the eye for goal we know he has. He is yet to find the front of the net (according to Merse) so far this season and in a team that seems to have the attitude of we’ll score one more than you, that will definitely have to change. A trip to Stamford Bridge next weekend followed by a trip to the DW to play Wigan, and then home matches against Everton and local rivals United is not the fixture list of choice for any club.

The Verdict

Looking ahead, if City come through these next few fixtures, then Silva would have been a key part in those victories. He is the focal point for orchestrating the attack and can thread the ball through the eye of a needle at any given time. His price is appealing as the likes of Hazard begin to test our patience.

If you are looking for a short term fix then Silva right now probably isn’t the man for you as his lack of game time and goals scored isn’t great. If however you are looking for a consistent performer for a top 3 club who is going to stay in your team and make you some team value the Silva could be your man!