Some might say Raheem Sterling has been Manchester City’s best player this season, but Noel Gallagher has opted for the supersonic Bernardo Silva.
The Oasis legend and die-hard Manchester City fan believes the Portuguese maestro has the sort of attitude which objectively endears him to any football fan.
Silva emerged as a key player for City during an incredible season which eventually saw them pip Liverpool to the Premier League title on the final day.
In the prolonged absence of Kevin De Bruyne, the versatile Silva ensured Pep Guardiola’s relentless midfield machine kept running – and Gallagher has him down as Player of the Season.
“He’s someone who’s thrived without De Bruyne. When he puts him into the middle of the midfield, he’s dynamite.
“He’s got that thing that every football supporter in the world loves. He’s like Tevez. He just never, ever, ever gives up. He celebrates goals like he’s a child and he’s one of us now.
“They’re all great lads but he would be my Player of the Season.”
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Silva was among the nominees for PFA Player of the year alongside team-mates Sterling and Sergio Aguero – although the prize ended up going to Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, while Sterling won the Football Writers’ award.
Gallagher joined in the celebrations as City beat Brighton 4-1 at the Amex on Sunday – and even belted out ‘Wonderwall’ with the players in the dressing room.
He reveals that, in a private exchange with Guardiola, the Spaniard fired an ominous warning to the rest of the Premier League.
He added: “At the game yesterday, we were lucky enough to get taken into the dressing room with all the players.
“We were talking to Pep after the game and he said something to me which was just mind blowing.
“He grabbed us and he said, ‘Next season, we’ll be even better’. And I just thought, ‘How?’”