Picking a Manchester City Side to Include Rumored Target David Villa

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Picking a Manchester City Side to Include Rumored Target David Villa
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It's the enigma that no one, not even manager Roberto Mancini, can work out. Although they currently sit in second position, the Citizens are seven points behind their fierce rivals Manchester United, and they've been far from their formidable best. So where did it go wrong for English Premier League champions Manchester City?

Last season they were unbeatable. Joe Hart was outstanding between the posts, Vincent Kompany was the rock at the heart of the defence. Yaya Toure and David Silva well and truly commanded their hefty transfer fees. And you definitely won't forget the Argentinian magicians up front, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez.

Which makes it more confusing to think that exactly the same Manchester City side are seemingly struggling for goals, with a 92nd-minute winner needed to overcome strugglers Reading at the Etihad Stadium, a place viewed as nothing less than a fortress only a few months ago.

How the situation has changed...

As a result of Manchester City's profligacy in front of goal this season, reports have recently linked Barcelona striker David Villa with a move to Eastlands after he has fallen down the pecking order at the Camp Nou, with Lionel Messi, Pedro and Alexis Sanchez the preferred trio in attack for the Catalans.

Even at the tender age of 31, Villa would be a magnificent signing for any side, and if wantaway striker Mario Balotelli was to leave Eastlands, Villa would be significantly more than just a replacement. The only question is: where would Villa fit in the team? Find out here...

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