After a distinguished career at the Etihad, this season marks the last in Manchester City colours for veteran midfielder David Silva, after he announced this departure at the end of last season.
For the past 10 years, Silva has been the omnipresent creative force for a City side enjoying the most successful decade in their history. During his time in Manchester, the talented Spaniard has over 400 appearances, winning four Premier League titles, four League Cups and two FA Cups.
The creative burden is a considerable one, as if unable to create chances, teams will often struggle to score goals. Creators are arguably the most important and influential players on the pitch and Silva is no different. The Spaniard has contributed to over 200 City goals during his time in Manchester and his influence will be hard to replace.
After so many years of magical service, City will need a man for years to come to replace him. Whether a replacement is signed, or they utilise somebody who is already at the club remains to be seen, but there are options either way.
Here, take a look at some of the best and most realistic options as the players to fill the gap to be left behind by Silva.