Barcelona forward David Villa is one of the hot-button topics in transfer news as of late, but getting rid of the Spanish international would be detrimental to the squad due to his immense presence and reliability.
Although Villa isn't seen as a regular member of the starting lineup anymore, he's still more than capable of being exactly that, if given the chance.
Barca teammate Andres Iniesta knows it, too. He told The Guardian that Villa is a huge part of his club's make-up and a "fundamental" player for what they like to do.
Continuity is a benefit rarely found in soccer teams, as only the best players are valuable enough to stay on a team for five-plus years. Barcelona is one of those clubs that praises continuity and has found a way to keep players together who have become accustomed to each other.
With a massive portion of Spain's international team on Barcelona's squad, they've been able to enjoy unique chemistry that other teams can't come close to matching. Villa is a massive part of that.
Spain's clinical style of play was on display in the 2010 World Cup, and Villa was the cog in that tournament, finishing as the joint-top scorer with five goals. A bad broken leg kept him out for much of last season, but he's now returning to his old style of play.
With Barcelona this season, he's got five goals and one assist in 12 La Liga appearances. It's still obvious that Villa is a crucial member of this squad.
Villa likely won't be this important for much longer, as his age is deteriorating and he's becoming less valuable by the year. That's why it's crucial for Barcelona to hold onto the playmaker for as long as they can—to squeeze every ounce of productivity out of him.
Players with Villa's capability don't come around very often, and Barca would be hard-pressed to find someone who could enter and bring the same level of chemistry off the bench.
It will take years and a lot of luck for Barcelona to replace David Villa. He's highly valuable to this club even in a diminished state.
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