Barca will face ‘the signing of the summer’ when they take on Sevilla

first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Silva moved to Milan from Porto in 2017, but did not have much success in Serie A Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Andre Silva goal vs. Real Madrid (1-0). pic.twitter.com/9aHCtnV6hd— eazy 💜 (@acmilan_eb) September 26, 2018For much of that September evening it felt like Machin’s team could score any time they attacked, and their lethal finisher, with movement that appeared impossible to track, was a huge part of it.“Silva had Madrid against the ropes,” Sport concluded. Putting the European champions to the sword was a huge statement about just how far the youngster can go.Two goals in Portugal’s first two UEFA Nations League matches (the winner against Italy and an initial equaliser against Poland) show Silva’s quality is not only limited to the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán, his productiveness filling a Ronaldo-sized void for the country. That will make the potential suitors who are likely already sizing the attacker up even more keen.Unfortunately for them, Sevilla played a smart long-term game when they brought him in on loan. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade huge blow 4 no dice REVEALED Hat-trick d’Andre Silva! 🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/95M92wzFy3— D R A G A O P I C S (@DragaoPics) August 20, 2018Four goals in his last four games have fired Pablo Machin’s side to the summit of La Liga, and none were more pivotal than the brace in a 3-0 demolition of Real Madrid.Sergio Ramos and Rafael Varane won’t forget that night any time soon. The opening goal came with just 17 minutes on the clock when Silva snuck behind the Frenchman and evaded the Spaniard to finish first time. The second? Only four minutes later and with one touch again, the striker appeared in the perfect space to double the home side’s lead. ADVICE 4 Sevilla, meanwhile, look like they have pulled yet another rabbit out of the hat. The club that made Freddie Kanouté a goal machine, Álvaro Negredo average a goal every other game, and Kevin Gameiro a three-time Europa League winner have worked their magic again.Next up for the league leaders is a head-to-head clash for first place at the Camp Nou this weekend, and with Barça’s defence letting in more than a goal per game in La Liga at the moment, Silva has the chance to make himself the hero for the big occasion once more. 4 With only six points between 12th and first place, the start of the Liga season has left everyone scratching their heads, and perhaps nowhere are the surprises more prevalent than in the goal scoring charts.A number of educated guesses could have been made in the summer as to who the sharpest players in front of goal would be this term. Lionel Messi is always a given. Gareth Bale, liberated from the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo, would be another. Diego Costa or Antoine Griezmann were further clear candidates. shining Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade center_img Silva scored twice against Real Madrid in a 3-0 win Most popular football news Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF With an option to buy for €35m on top of the €3m initial sum paid to bring him in on loan this year, the Andalucian club now hold the keys to the future of Europe’s striker of the moment.That figure already looks like a bargain: continue in his current form, and the resale value for the player could be double. Which is why Milan are kicking themselves over their lack of foresight in agreeing those terms. “People in Portugal knew he was good, so the general consensus was that he was underperforming in Italy and just didn’t adapt,” Expresso journalist Mariana Cabral told talkSPORT. “Of course, though he was bound to improve, no one thought he would do quite so well now.”Sevilla have clearly done their homework – or at least more homework than anyone else, as is so often the case. The instant nature of Silva’s transformation supports that conclusion.The 22-year-old scored a hat-trick in his La Liga debut against Rayo Vallecano: a left-footed strike, poacher’s finish from a corner and smart take-down followed by a high-shot giving him more goals in one game than he had managed in an entire league season in Serie A. A nice stat, and it would have remained had the forward not gone on to hit a purple patch with perfect timing that has helped his team ascend the table. Silva is on loan at Sevilla this season, but the Spanish club have an option to make the move from Milan permanent for €35m Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move MONEY Andre Silva has scored seven goals in his first eight Liga games REVEALED REPLY RANKED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars A striker who scored twice in 24 appearances for Milan, however, and playing for the team who only scraped into seventh place in Spain last year, would not have inspired the same confidence.Yet here we are with eight games played and Sevilla are top of the league, thanks in large part to seven goals from André Silva, who is proving to be the signing of the summer.The Portuguese is the second highest goal scorer of the Spanish season so far, trailing Cristhian Stuani by one, and unlike the Girona forward, none of his strikes have come from the penalty spot.Silva has shown a remarkable level of efficiency that stands in stark contrast to his dismal season in Italy last year, finally delivering on the potential with which he earned a move away from Portugal in the first place. 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