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Discussion in 'Bluemoon forum' started by worsleyweb, 6 Nov 2017.
That’s a huge statement!
This is such a good post and captures it brilliantly for me. A poster of Colin was always on my wall. Dave has the best ball control I have ever seen. Both just sublime footballers that gave their career to Manchester City.
Bell could have played alongside Silva. What a partnership that would have been.
Can never see the point in trying to say which player is better from different eras. It's impossible.
Disagree, Silva is renowned for dropping into pockets of space and being hard to pick up.its a huge part of his game
Silva is part of the best City side ever. Not just for silverware but the level that has been maintained season in season out. The great side of the 60s/70s didn’t finish top 4 every year or play at the highest level in Europe.
Privileged to have seen both in their prime and they are very different players. Always said, that in any sport, you can only be the best of your generation and Colin Bell was the best 'box to box' midfielder of his generation. In terms of skill, ball retention, passing ability David Silva is the best I've seen in 50 years plus at City. As 'denislawsbackheel' rightly said, with todays advancements in fitness, diet, training etc. and Pep as his coach, the prospect of just how good Colin Bell would be is mouthwatering.
If Silva scored more goals he would edge it by a whisker. I have seen both play, both different players but both vitally important to the team.
I couldn't agree more - this captures it perfectly. In his time, there's no player I'd rather have seen than King Colin. Now, the same can be said of David Silva. His performances in the last 2 games alone - and it was only 20 minutes against Napoli - were incredible. I think he's raised his game higher since getting the armband regularly.
We are SO spoiled at the moment it's unbelievable!
Football has changed so much in 50 years ,but Colin Bell would be just as good a player in the current team as he was in the 60's & 70's , because of his physique , stamina , speed , reading of the game , and his finishing , Merlin would not have endured the football pitches or the physical nature of football 50 years ago , he would have been kicked off the park. If merlin could take his chances and score more goals he would not only would he be the best player ever for city , i think he would be ranked alongside Messi in the current era. But Colin Bell shades it for me because he scored so many goals and was an all rounder , if you asked Bell to play centre half (and i think he did sometimes after his horiffic knee injury) he would do it,and wouldnt let anyone down. Colin the King or Merlin the magician ,just glad i was lucky enough to see both players in their pomp.