Man City boss Mancini confident Silva will live up to reputation
The impressive form of James Milner and Adam Johnson, playing in the wide attacking positions, has left Silva on the edges so far, but Mancini said it was inevitable the £25m signing from Valencia would need time to settle in to his new club.
"The thing with Silva is that we have been able to work with him only a couple of days at a time since he arrived. He had just signed for us when he went off with his national team to play in Mexico [during the August international break]. Then he came back and very quickly was off again with the national team again, this time to play in Argentina – another long trip.
"I thought he did very well when he came on [Silva was an 85th-minute substitute in the 1-1 draw against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday] but I always said that he would need time because it is very different here than playing in Spain. The internationals are over now and I think it will be time for him to play in the team from the next game."