Thursday, May 20, 2010
Barcelona, almost perfect
Barcelona has already taken advantage of this summers transfer market by adding on of Spain's most consistent and prolific strikers in David Villa. The former Valencia man has not scored less then 15 goals in a season since 2001-2002 and hit his peak in the 2008-2009 season when he netted 28 in 33 appearances. The addition of Villa for 34m pounds makes the Barcelona front line the most formidable strike force in European football. It will be interesting to see how the catalan club will use all of there talent up front with the likes of Messi, Ibrahimovic, and Villa it might be too much? With Messi, who plays his best football out wide on the right and Ibrahimovic who plays as pure strike up through the middle of the field it might be hard to find a stop for Villa who is most comfortable occupying a similar position. Perhaps they could move Villa out wide to take up the vacancy left by Henry who will be moving to the MLS next season. I can't see Barca moving away from the 4-3-3 that has treated them so well over the past couple years, so i think that is same to say Villa will just fill the right wing vacancy. Another option would be to sell Ibrahimavic, leave Villa in the straight forward striker positions and rotate Barca's home grown talent in at right wing 19 year old Bojan Krkic and 22 year old Pedro Rodriguez. Pedro who has man Spain's final 23 roster for this years world cup has impressed over this past season and will be looking to get even more playing time next season. Speaking about Barca's home grown talent, Cesc Fabregas who was apart of Barca's youth system but left for arsenal will most likely be on his way back to Barca this summer. This would make Barca almost an entirely spanish side and on paper be possibly the best side ever formed. Already having formed the best front group in the world may be able to form the worlds best midfield with Farbregas's signature. It would be an all spanish midfield of Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc and not to mention Sergio Busquets coming off the bench. Xavi and Iniesta apart of the top five finalist for world player of the year but lost out to their own teammate, Lionel Messi. Turning to the defense now, Barca's and Spanish captain Carlos Puyol is the rock in the back for the La Liga champs and right next to him is the other Spanish center back, Gerard Pique. This center back pairing is second to none and with Dani Alves as possibly the worlds best wing back it would be hard to make an argument against this immovable rock of a back line. This is without mentioning Eric Abidal, the French international and Yaya Toure the ivory coast international who usually plays a center defensive mid role but can just as easily drop back to fill any defensive roll. This team with the addition of Villa and probable addition of Fabregas before the summer is over may end up being the best club side ever formed.