Barcelona Sell Themselves Short

Muazzin MehrbanCorrespondent IMay 21, 2010

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 28: David Villa of Valencia looks on during the La Liga match between Atletico Madrid and Valencia at Vicente Calderon Stadium on February 28, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
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The capture of one of Europe's most prolific strikers should be a moment of excitement and ambition, even for Barcelona. Like Torres has done at Liverpool, it is conceivable that David Villa will score even more goals at a bigger club like Barca that has fashioned chances for fun over the past two years.

The signing of the 28 year old Spanish frontman in his prime, moving domestically in a league that he is comfortable in, suggests that the writing is on the wall for Thierry Henry, and maybe even the enigmatic Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The latter's double at the Emirates is proof that he is capable of producing the goods, yet he has remained a player that enjoys centre stage - the leading role, the tip of the funnel - something he just cannot and will not be afforded at the Nou Camp it seems.

While Villa will more or less blend into the void left by Samuel Eto'o, that of a pacey front man with sniper accuracy, Barcelona appear to have forgotten their lesson from defeat against Internazionale.

Take away Ibra and Henry, and maybe even Yaya Toure should Cesc Fabregas arrive, and the side begins to look rather small. Technically magnificent, yet physically inadequate. Of the more likely starters in the team, only Pique will stand tall. Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Busquets, Messi, Alves, Maxwell, and even captain Puyol, considering his position, are not the most imposing. As keepers go even Valdez is on the petite side.

However, if FIFA continue to stop a game every time a player feels anothers' breath on the back of his neck, Barcelona should have no problems. It does though remain a weakness, a solitary one but one that Barca themselves may not be tall enough to spot....