I have always hoped – as a fan of English football – that David Villa would one day arrive at a Premier League club.
Prior to his departure from Barcelona, there was talk of a possible move to Tottenham Hotspur or Arsenal. And in fact, after he completed his switch to Atletico Madrid, the Spanish international revealed a move to England was on the cards before Diego Simeone’s side stepped in.
A player who has spent his entire career in his homeland, Villa has excelled at every club he has played for – even when injuries have robbed him of the game-time his considerable talent deserves.
And now he is enjoying an outstanding spell at La Liga’s surprise package, scoring 11 goals in 22 appearances this season.
But prior to his latest strike – the first in a 4-0 win over Real Sociedad on Sunday – Spanish broadsheet El Confidencial ran an editorial questioning his place in the side.
It had nothing to do with his considerable talent and everything to do with the arrival of Diego from Wolfsburg – something that apparently sees Villa “at a crossroads”.
Such was the excitement at the return of the Brazilian, that this particular report questioned where Villa would fit into a side that had just welcomed the 28-year-old back into the fold.
Given Villa’s goal-scoring record, it was something of a bizarre analysis. But soon after scoring against Sociedad, Villa pulled up with a thigh injury and the importance of Diego’s arrival suddenly jumped to another level.
Atletico are currently awaiting the prognosis of Villa’s injury, but El Confidencial already felt that with Koke and Arda Turan seemingly unmoveable and Diego Costa the fulcrum, Diego and Villa would fight it out for a starting place.
Villa will be hoping his injury is not so bad to keep him out for a sustained period of time. If it is, given that Diego rounded off the scoring from the bench on Sunday, one of Spain’s greatest strikers may have a fight on his hands to make the starting XI – at least for the rest of the season.
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