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GW2 Ones to watch: David Silva

The Scout 16 Aug 2017
Brighton 0-2 Man City

The Scout sees reason to believe Man City's value midfielder can outshine his expensive team-mate in Gameweek 2 and beyond

The Scout names the first of five players to watch in Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 2.

David Silva (MID)

Silva (£8.0m) recorded an assist and two bonus points in Manchester City’s 2-0 win at Brighton & Hove Albion.

He is still part of only 6.4% of squads, despite acquiring 66,000+ new owners since Friday’s deadline.

Silva has largely been ignored compared with the other Man City attacking options.

An impressive pre-season that included four assists convinced more than 1.2 million managers to invest in Kevin De Bruyne (£10.0m).

The Belgian went into Gameweek 1 as the second most-popular midfielder, behind Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli (£9.5m).

Meanwhile, forwards Gabriel Jesus (£10.5m) and Sergio Aguero (£11.5m) are found in 11.9% and 11.7% of squads respectively.

But Silva was the star at the Amex Stadium.

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He recorded five key passes to rank third among FPL midfielders for ICT Creativity for Gameweek 1, with a score of 77.1.

Up next is a home meeting with Everton. After that three of Man City’s next four matches score two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

Opting for Silva as a cheaper route into Pep Guardiola's attack looks a viable strategy.

He has produced double-figure assist returns in five of his last six seasons and seems to have greater freedom to exert his influence in the new 3-4-2-1 system. 

Silva received 95 passes in Sunday’s victory – only AFC Bournemouth’s Harry Arter (£5.5m) saw more of the ball.

He also completed 39 passes in the attacking third, joint top for Gameweek 1 with Arsenal's Mesut Ozil (£9.5m).

Silva v De Bruyne Gameweek 1
  De Bruyne Silva
Passes received 77 95
Chances created 0 5
ICT Creativity 16.9 77.1

Guardiola’s line-up could remain settled until their UEFA Champions League campaign begins in September.

So Silva should escape from the threat of rotation until Gameweek 5, making him a potentially effective differential.

The £2.0m saving from De Bruyne could also be crucial over that period.

If Silva remains central to Man City’s title bid, this could be the season that he challenges the big-hitting FPL midfielders while delivering exceptional value.

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