Silva hails 'great striker' Tevez
Manchester City's David Silva feels Carlos Tevez deserves comparison with Spain and Barcelona striker David Villa.
Silva is uniquely position to assess the two men's qualities, having starred alongside Villa for Valencia last term before heading to England and life with Tevez at Eastlands.
The 24-year-old accepts the two players are somewhat different in their approach but feels their impact is equally significant.
Tevez scored two more goals at Fulham on Sunday to take his season's tally to nine, and assume top spot in the Premier League scoring charts.
And Silva is adamant the Argentina forward deserves bracketing with the best players on the planet.
"Carlos is a great striker, one of the best I have played with," said Silva.
"David Villa tends to go more to the wings and look for the spaces behind the defence, whereas Carlos works in the centre channel and also holds the ball in front for us so we can play.
"They are both great goalscorers."
Certainly after a turbulent couple of weeks, City are right in the thick of the title picture, having closed the gap on joint leaders Chelsea and Manchester United to just three points.
With their added financial muscle, which could come into play during the January transfer window, City have their backers as potential title winners this term.
Not that Silva is allowing himself to get consumed by that prospect.
"Everyone has been losing points but the same is also true of us," he said.
"All we can do is keep on moving forward, try to do our job and see where it takes us."