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The Game Changer

The Game Changer

Enter January 2007, United are narrowly leading back-to-back Premier League winners Chelsea with a strike force of Rooney, Saha and Solskjaer.

With 4 trophies to compete for, United turn to Barcelona's then 35 year old striker Henrik Larrson who puts in 10 good shifts for United scoring 4 goals, with 2 of them being match winners.

Brought in on loan, he helps United win the title by 6 points over Chelsea. Before him, 31 year old Teddy Sheringham lit up Old Trafford for a 4 year spell which included 3 titles and a crucial goal in the Champions League final.

This summer, United again were the team who decided to go against their youthful policy to recruit RVP from Arsenal, and it's probably why they are first and we are third right now.

Goal after goal from a natural scorer who's thriving from the service. Age for once, was not a factor in the signing. United have shown over the years, that a team can reap rewards by bucking the trend in the philosophy and taking a risk for the right player.

Perhaps one can learn from that. Chelsea are in need of a game changer right now, someone who can come in and score a flurry of goals to stop the reliance on Torres and take us over the final stretch especially given the hectic schedule coming up.

Enter David Villa. A player who needs little introduction and is famed for his goal scoring prowess at both national and International level. His finishing remains one of the most clinical in the game, whilst the curve shot around the keeper into the net remains his trademark.

He's well capable of beating several players on his own and loves cutting in from the wide spaces. He still hasn't lost his scoring boots as he averages a goal every 80 minutes for Barca this season. He's had limited playtime however having returned this season from a broken leg.

The cumulative effect of the above means a reported price tag of £12million and a wage of around £130k. Which begs an interesting question. Chelsea have some very talented young forwards coming through who should be able to challenge in a year or so time (Lukaku anyone), so we don't really need a long term forward.

At the same time, Villa fits into the team like a fiddle. Chelsea will soon have only one recognized striker in Torres who happens to be great friends with David Villa and has competed for the Spanish striker role with him to great effect in the past.

Also, his style of play is suited to Chelsea's quick paced, on the ground play and his technical ability makes him ideal to take up the positions vacated by our creative players and still be devastating, something Torres fails to do when he's forced wide or deeper. He's as clinical as they get, so if he gets the odd chance in a game, we can expect him to take it, even late on when the pressure is immense to get a winner, due to his experience.

He could be the difference between a point, or three, on several occasions. The downside to the deal is the recovery from Injury, but if Torres could be made fit again, I don't see why the Chelsea medical staff should have any problems with Villa.

Above that, unlike Torres, Villa's game is all about his technical ability rather than his physique. This technical ability still seems as good as ever judging by his limited showings at Barca this term. All that in mind, I'm hoping for a deal to go through and I'd have Villa before I'd have any of Negredo, Ba, Bony, Schurrle, Llorente or even Cavani (given the prices involved). Falcao ruled himself out of the equation anyway. He could be the difference between a top 4 finish and a sustained title challenge.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Friday December 28 2012
Time: 6:14PM


Eidur Gudjohnson. Simple as that.
28/12/2012 18:34:00
Good article sir. You make your case persuasively but i disagree. Have you seen Villa play since he came back from injury? I have several times and honestly sometimes i have to look carefully because he is sometimes not even recognizable as the same player who was such a terror with Valencia. Remember that this was an injury so severe it actually threatened his very career. If you have seen Villa play for Barca and even the little showing he had for La Roja since he came back from injury you would know that he is presently a shadow of the once great El Guaje. One can look at this one of two ways; either he will improve and get back to where he was or he will never be the same again. This script is very familiar..this is was the same story with Torres when we got him from Liverpool after a spate of injuries and clearly dropped form and here we are today. It is instructive that Villa cannot get a solid starting spot in Barca despite the fact there are no other forwards other than Messi who are in that great form for them..Tello, Sanchez and Pedro are all just decent..none of them is lighting it up..yet he cant get regular spots and his productivity has plummetted very badly..Class they say is permanent but on c form currently David Villa at 12-15mill transfer fee with a multi year contract and no resale value as well as a wkly stipend that will start at over 100k is a very dangerous gamble. Of course Rafa wants more spaniards in the makes life easier for him as he tries to stay in this job as long as possible but i dont think this is a wise idea unless we get at least one other solid more injury of note (and that is not a stretch in the rough and tumble BPL) and Villa may next be facing retirement. I am simply not sold on this.
28/12/2012 18:42:00
Hmmm!talkin sense,a very incisive article,i think am buyin the idea of gettin david villa now
28/12/2012 18:43:00
But only on loan till we get our targets in the summer
28/12/2012 18:47:00
i think we should get d.villa,ba,benat,willian and fellaini in january.the league is ours.
28/12/2012 18:49:00
If I had to take strikers in January I would take a remy/bony/gomis/schurrle/pato to buy and then David villa on loan! At least then we have two full time strikers and a loanee third striker who as you said can still be a game changer. I still think villa has something to offer and as you say in our current set up i believe he would fit right in. If its true and arsenal are going to activate demba ba's contract then why don't we? I'm pretty sure falcao will not move in January so we can forget him. I see pato is available for around £12mil!!! Why not get him? He still young and a very good player. Yes injury prone but if we got villa on loan we would have 3 strikers to play with.
28/12/2012 18:50:00
bring him for 6 month LOAN.....we should not buy him...if you can get him for loan that its ok....or else go and buy damio schrulle other option...
28/12/2012 19:04:00
Nice article mate, but I agree with Gabeu on this one, villa as I said in another article is washed up, right now I'll liken david villa to a sweet oranje that have been squeezed dry of its juices, that is how he is right now, to cough up 12 million for him will be very bad business, I prefer we get negredo for that amount or go for another young striker
28/12/2012 19:42:00
Can we not get him on loan instead? He says he wants to retire in spain. A good loan deal could be good as we seem to have an average relationship with Barca?
28/12/2012 19:43:00
get him on loan and buy daimao for 20-25million, and either mountinho or benant and we will be fine
28/12/2012 19:44:00
get bonyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
28/12/2012 19:57:00
Bony is afcon bound,considerin our present strikin dept predicament do we really have the time to wait for him?
28/12/2012 20:36:00
sup guys i can't log in using my phone but i can see all the comments! anyone knows what i can do? my phone is C3300K samsung
28/12/2012 22:14:00
There's no way you'd comment without loggin in @bluesinme
29/12/2012 01:54:00
29/12/2012 02:49:00
@leye...He probably used another phone to log in and comment
29/12/2012 03:13:00
This was the article u were talking about Maka,lil wonder you were excited. Lol...pretty incisive article,lovely stuff mate. As much as I wouldn't mind having Villa on loan it all might just be tabloid bull*****...according to @barcastuff: Barcelona want to offer Villa, contract until 2014, a renewal in the coming months. If he doesn't accept, he could leave in the summer [el9].
29/12/2012 06:43:00
'll take villa on loan till the end of the season...if he gives 70% of who he used to be prior to injury then that will be really good. Although getting villa on loan should be in addition to signing a young striker full of potential (Bony, ba (not exactly young but can do a job), Jovetic e.t.c)..cant wait for the market to officially open...i hope we get it right.
29/12/2012 09:45:00
Villa on loan at current wages of 130k a week is just approximately 2.6m (worst case scenario) till may assuming we are paying every single dime (which might not be the case), i think the risk is worth taking when one considers the reward we could potentially get if he ends up being decent...from the figures, a loan move does not look bad at view though.
29/12/2012 09:50:00
is anyone considering the home grown rule before taking there names. At current save we will have 4 homegrown players less by next summer. Any ways i shall take negrado Over villa as he is young and shall have some resale value if things don't workout.
Blue India
29/12/2012 14:35:00
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