The hard truth is that David Villa is probably on his way out of Barcelona.
I will be the first to state that I do not want to see the Spaniard leave. He fits Barcelona like a glove and creates so many different options in attack.
But he is now 31 years old and not getting any younger. His form has been dropping and his contribution just is not the same anymore.
With youngster Cristian Tello recently signing a new contract, every winger will be fighting for playing time (via Goal). There is no set starter, and that is the biggest problem for David Villa.
There is a chance that Villa could stay, but it all rests on his shoulders.
He must show his old form and take back his starting position by scoring and creating chances with Lonel Messi. But, it is much easier said than done.
Fans, including myself, continue to wonder why Villa is not playing a much bigger role for the club. The honest answer to that question, is that Villa is not able to at this point. He must step up his game to become a necessity again, or else this summer may see the 31-year-old packing his bags.
Has David Villa lost a step or is he merely in a bad run of form? Can he reclaim his starting spot or is his time in Barcelona coming to a sad end?
Tre' Atkinson, The Catalan Blood of Bleacher Report.
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