David Silva has scored over 50 goals for Manchester City and while he isn’t as prolific in front of goal for the Blues as he is for Spain, he’s bagged some unforgettable goals. Who can forget him turning the Blackpool defence inside and out, or his curled beauty against West Ham in 2013?
But when did Merlin’s Man City goal scoring begin? It was on this day, September 16, all the way back in 2010, shortly after his £24million (what a bargain!) move to Roberto Mancini’s side from Valencia.
It came in City’s opening Europa League group match of the 2010/11 season against Red Bull Salzburg, who you might remember had the soon-to-be cult hero Alan (now of Guangzhou Evergrande in China) playing for them.
City won that game 2-0 with Silva scoring the opener after 8 minutes, when he sidefooted in the opener from eight yards following Jô’s lay-off. Jô himself would add a second in the 63rd minute to wrap up the win.
After the game, Roberto Mancini said of the Spain international: “Silva is a fantastic player – for him it is a different situation now.
“He is playing a different kind of football. But after one month, he is ready to go 100% for the team.
“He will be an important player for the future. He is a strong player who played for Valencia in the Champions League for many years.”
And how right he was about Silva becoming an important player for the future. Silva has gone on to become one of Manchester City’s greatest players of all time, an instrumental part as City have filled a trophy cabinet that had been gathering dust for far too long.