Tuesday, July 26, 2011

INFTH Top 100: Numbers 7 and 8

8. David Silva- For many, David Silva's inclusion in the top ten will be seen as ridiculous, a laughable folly on my part, to have him ranked above players like Busquets, Falcao and Villa.

However, Silva is just as worthy a member as any of the top ten, in inspiring City to the Champions League, he did what no other player in the history of Premier Leauge football had ever done. As part of a City team looking to spark a revolution of sorts, Silva was the key man; even more than Tevez, he was the reason for both City's FA Cup triumph, and their ascent into the top four.

Filled with the creative fibers so common among Spanish midfielders of this generation, Silva is a class act, an elegant player, versatile enough to play down the middle or on either wing.

Goals were not his forte last season, but Silva nevertheless had an impact, like so many top class creators, his value goes beyond statisitcs.

Next season, Silva will likely continue to figurehead a team now looking to surpass their achievements of last year, and win the Premier League. Not many would bet againstManchester City and Silva at least coming close.

7. Javier 'Chichartio' Hernandez- Just a few years ago, Javier Hernandez had had enough. Disillusioned by the professional game, Chicharito was ready to retire from professional football. Thank god he changed his mind.

In a game that is all about rises and falls, Chicharito's ascent to the summit of the footballing mountain remains startling- even after signing for United, not much was expected of the Mexican in his first season.

However, expectations were quickly cast aside with regard to "The Little Pea," no one could have expected him to net a header while facing away from the target, and no one could have expected him to score a goal inside a minute, in Manchester United's most important Premier League game of the season.

No, Chicharito was not interested in fulfilling expectations, he was intent on exceeding them, on carving himself a place in the pantheon of great finishers. A poacher to the extreme, Hernandez thrives on goals, and boy oh boy did he see a few of those last year. Starring for both club and country, Chicharito totted up a fair few strikes, twenty for United to be exact, ones which complemented a further seven for Mexico at the Gold Cup.

Chicharito has risen from castaway to iconic figure, from languishing in the Chivas reserves, to starring in the United first team. Assuming his upward trajectory continues, there is no guessing what he might achieve next season.

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