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INTERNATIONAL BREAK

The Dream Team Coach talks the man of the moment and transfer patience

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The bad news is we’re staring down the barrel of another barren international break, even if the Wayne Rooney effect adds a dash of spice to it.

The good news is that it’s pretty much full throttle once we reconvene, with the next break not scheduled until March.

Bliss.


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Man on fire

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Man on fire

Now let’s discuss form.

Why have one Silva when you can have two?

Man City’s ridiculous depth has ensured losing their best player to injury all season has gone almost unnoticed.

Bernardo Silva has seamlessly slotted into Kevin De Bruyne’s position and ran the show in the Manchester derby, picking up yet another Star Man award.

Silva lining

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Silva lining

But it’s his older, wiser namesake David I really want to drool over.

Not only is the man City call ‘Merlin’ reinforcing his position as one of the finest midfielders in the Premier League era, he’s becoming a Dream Team must-have too.

No player has scored more points than Silva (41) in the last five games and the Spaniard is in the goalscoring form of his life having struck four times in his last five.

A Premier League great

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A Premier League great

Yet so many of you are yet to wake up and smell the coffee.

He sits fourth in the overall points standings yet only 9.7% of you have picked Silva.

Both Roberto Firmino (14.6%) and Leroy Sane (13.7%) are feeling more love despite Silva nearly outscoring them combined.

Speaking of Firmino… what’s up with Bobby?

Dry spell

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Dry spell

The popular Brazilian has scored just once in his 11 appearances and I think I’ve stumbled across why.

Jurgen Klopp seems to have decided Mo Salah is his main striker this season, deployed more as a number nine rather than terrorising full backs out wide.

Firmino, as a result, has become Liverpool’s link man and creator from a much deeper role.

A new role?

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A new role?

Simply put that means he’s getting less touches in the opposition box and, unsurprisingly, less goals as a direct consequence.

Bobby has managed just 48 points so far this season and at £5.5m looks like an expensive passenger in your side right now.

A final word on the international break; patience is a virtue and given how frequently players get injured, I recommend avoiding any drastic team overhauls until they report back to their clubs.

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