Can you imagine if we signed David Villa this summer? I think we would be 90% there in completely our team that could challenge for the Premiership next season. We need to make a bold move this summer so that we can challenge next season. We have had too many years of mediocrity and it is time we build a team with world class players and no better a way to do it than to sign David Villa so he can partner Torres up front. I have been watching a lot of Euro 2008 and the game last night between Spain and Sweden just went to show how great a partnership Villa and Torres can be. Now imagine if they were to play upfront together week in and week out!
There are suggestions that Villa would be keen to move to Liverpool because he is close friends with Torres, just like the way Barry is keen to come to Liverpool because of Gerrard. It is funny that our two star players; Gerrard and Torres could be the key off the field to help capture the signatures of Barry and Villa. The million pound question would be, how much would Villa cost? I think Valencia would be willing to part with Villa for about £25m. Now I do not think we have that kind of cash to spend on a single player, but if we are prepared to pay £20m for Barry then surely we should rather spend that money on Villa instead of Barry?
Villa’s valuation will continue to rise the more goals he scores in Euro 2008. All the big teams across Europe will be after Villa’s signature and it may boil down to Villa making a personal decision with regards to which team he wants to join and this is where I think we have the upper hand. Torres could convince Villa to join, so to Rafa. It would be so easy for Villa to settle in at Liverpool with all the Spanish players around him.
The question would then be; how do we change our formation if Villa joins Liverpool? Clearly we would have to play with two strikers upfront as opposed to the formation last season with Gerrard just behind Torres. I think we would have to switch to the more conventional 4-4-2, but that would mean we need quality wingers, therefore someone like Quaresma would also have to be signed. Or what about this; You have Torres and Villa upfront then you have Gerrard and Babel playing in free roles behind the two upfront. Gerrard and Babel could supply the width. Then in midfield you have Mascherano and Barry or Alonso. The back four would be Dossena down the left, Carragher and Agger in the middle and Deggen at right back with Reina in goal. Premiership winning team? I think so!