93% win rate, 96% Passing: £27m-rated veteran is still Man City's most important payer - agreed?

For all the unimaginable sums Manchester City have spent on new signings since his arrival in 2010, for all the effort, intellect and intensity Pep Guardiola has put into this team to make it arguably the greatest outfit in Europe this season, and for all the praise Kevin De Bruyne has received as the seeming lynchpin in the midfield, the Citizens still just aren’t the same side when David Silva isn’t in the starting XI.

Indeed, one statistic from this season is incredibly telling. With...

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