After an incredible run of form in recent games, Barcelona is now fully enjoying the contribution of striker David Villa. In fact, the club has been so impressed that new reports are claiming that the Catalan side has offered a new contract to the star.
However, retaining his services may not be that simple.
Despite his return to fame in the Barcelona starting lineup, the striker has decided to put his decision on hold until the summer, according to Marca.
But it has become very clear that no matter what, Barcelona must keep David Villa at the Camp Nou this summer. There are countless reasons why the club should fight for him, but here are just a few.
Everyone who watches football knows of the talents of Lionel Messi. The Argentine star practically carries Barcelona on his back, but that cannot be allowed to continue.
Messi obviously leads the team in goals with 55, but not many are aware that Villa remains second on the list with 14 goals (via WhoScored).
Having only made 29 appearances on the season, it is clear that Villa is the second scoring option for Barcelona. Replacing a player like him would be nearly impossible and why should he be replaced if the club can keep him around?
If Barcelona can keep Villa at the club this summer, their strongest attacking lineup would remain intact.
Integrating a new player into the Barca style will be very difficult. Attackers must learn how to move without the ball, but this is something that Villa already understands.
His Partnership with Lionel Messi
For some fans it has become easy to forget the daunting partnership that once existed between Villa and Messi. But after recent matches it is apparent that no one lines up beside Messi better than David Villa.
In Barcelona’s last La Liga match against Rayo Vallecano, the duo seemed unstoppable.
Not only did the pure attacking ability of the duo show it, but their connection was evident as well. The passing that happens between Messi and Villa is deadly for defenses and that is something that would take a very long time to teach to a replacement for Villa.
But at the end of the day, Villa’s greatest perk of partnering with Messi can be seen in their recent 4-0 triumph against AC Milan.
The Barcelona pair has the ability to create incredible space for each other without even touching the ball. Just the presence of both players on the pitch makes defenses work harder and allows for the offense to open up.
Replacing Villa Would be Harder Than it Seems
If Barcelona is not able to keep Villa, it will be no surprise that they will look to bring in a replacement. But the Spanish striker already fits the role so well that bringing in anyone would be a step down.
The role spoken of is that of a supporting scorer on the left wing that can interchange positions.
Andres Iniesta tried to take this role for himself earlier in the season. Though he did well, the ability to score was clearly lacking. In fact, there hasn’t quite been anyone who has been able to play the role that is so important to Barcelona quite like Villa.
With his ability to cut inside and switch positions, Villa fits Barcelona like a glove. In a way, the striker has formed the role himself while at Barcelona and losing him would deal the club a big blow.
If La Blaugrana is forced to find a suitable replacement, it would have to be someone who can play identically to Villa. Despite players like Neymar possessing the traits to replace Villa, the club will not have to focus on teaching the philosophy if the Spanish international stays.
The Fans Love Him
It is difficult to find a Cule that will not admit to loving David Villa. In his short time with the club he has won over the hearts of millions, and that is something that Barcelona cannot overlook.
Selling Villa will make many fans upset, while keeping him around will definitely be seen extremely well.
With all of the on-field advantages that come with keeping Villa around, fan appreciation will also add to the pressure of getting him to put pen to paper.
This summer will surely be a trying time. Barcelona has many moves to make. But if the club is actually able to keep Villa in the blaugrana shirt, it would be one of the most important decisions made.
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