Tottenham striker target Barcelona star David Villa has moved to La Liga side Atletico Madrid for a £4.4 million fee.
Spurs had been chasing the Spaniard to bolster their attacking options next season but the 31-year-old Catalan striker looks set to remain n La Liga.
Whilst Spurs fans were likely excited by the prospect of signing the World Cup and European Championship winners’ top goalscorer, is there a case to be made for Tottenham aiming higher?
David Villa, in his peak with Valencia in 2008/09, when he was 28 years of age was worth the €40 million Barcelona paid for him a year later but after a long spell out injured, a subsequent dip in form and fall in the pecking order at the Camp Nou his value has changed.
He’s undoubtedly worth more than the £4.4 million Atletico Madrid have agreed to pay for him but Spurs are one of the top clubs in England, only narrowly missing out on the top four, and under one of the most well-regarded managers in the world Andre Villas-Boas who has within his ranks one of the best players in the world in double Player of the Year winner Gareth Bale, Spurs should be looking at the top talent on the continent if they want to be one of the top clubs on the continent.
Whilst David Villa was one of the best strikers, not only in Europe, but in the world a few years ago, he is certainly into the twilight of his career now and his age and fitness would surely have been a concern – not to mention the likelihood that he would have needed time to adapt to the Premier League, given that he’s spent his entire career in La Liga.
Meanwhile, Tottenham are not exactly a penniless club – they have reasonable and sufficient funds to spend this summer. They’ve just signed Paulinho for just under £17 million and they could likely spend that again on a striker if push came to shove.
They could look at the Champions League’s top scorer at Galatasaray, 27-year-old Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz who netted 32 goals in all competitions. Closer to home there’s 22-year-old Aston Villa frontman Christian Benteke and across the channel there’s Kevin Gameiro who’s looking for a way out of the French capital.
All in all, I believe Spurs haven’t ‘lost out’ on David Villa, I believe they may have dodged a bullet – they would have been expecting the David Villa of two or three years ago and they would have been sorely disappointed. They ought to instead of looking at the past look forward to the future and bring in a striker who’s keen to prove himself and has the legs to do it for Tottenham.
Spurs are a top team in one of the best and most intense leagues in the world – they ought to be bringing in a player who can match that, not a fading La Liga star who’s already won and achieved it all and would have only been a stop-gap signing for a couple of seasons at most.
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