Richard Jolly for ESPN FC:
Nor was he voted into the team of the season by his peers. Once again, Lallana, a deserving overachiever and a Spanish-style British footballer, but not a man in the same class as Silva, was elected instead. Perhaps it was an English bias, which can be detectable in the players’ choices, but it cemented the feeling that Silva will never be named Footballer of the Year in the Premier League. This is an era of Silva and silverware at the Etihad Stadium, but the individual honours go elsewhere. Maybe that is an indication he is a team player first and foremost.
But in these hyper-sensitive times when everyone seems to feel there is some intrinsic prejudice against them and their club, we often tend to hear that so-and-so deserves more credit. In most cases, they don’t. Silva does.
More of the Silva love. Apparently, Jolly agrees with me—or rather I with him, considering his fine piece—Silva is underrated.