There's Yaya Touré:
“David is a very important player for us,” said the former Barcelona ace. He has very nice qualities. I played against him in Spain, so I know all about his technique.
“He scored a good goal and after that kept possession very well in a good team performance.”
"He's an amazing player," he said. "Like every foreign player he needs time to settle in the Premier League. But we've seen a lot of his quality in training already. There will moments this season when he will be very important for us."
"I think David is a fantastic player," said the City manager. "It's a different situation playing different football, but after one month he's ready to go 100 per cent for the team. He will be an important player for the future.
"David is a strong player. He's played for Valencia in the Champions League for many years. The Premier League is different and every player needs one or two months to understand English football."David can play in every position. For Valencia he played either right or left wing, but I think this position is the best for him. People may say he's too small, but he knows how to play football. Arsenal have two or three players like David and they play very well."
Indeed they do. Yesterday certainly felt like the start of something. City fans do love imaginative players (I'm not claiming this as a unique quality of City fans but you know what I mean), and so there is a willingness from the fans to give him time. But Robinho scored on his debut, Elano took West Ham to pieces on his, Eyal Berkovic had a great debut - and so the bar is quite high. But Silva's excellence last night should remind people what a treasure we have in our hands, and how all patience and forgiveness will surely be rewarded in time.
I'm a fan, to say the least.