Guillem Balague has responded to last week’s allegations that Barcelona’s David Villa could be in line for a Premiership move by conceding that the striker is finding it slightly tough to find his best form at the Nou Camp.
Balague explained that Villa, valued at close to €40 million by Pep Guardiola, is struggling to gel with the precociously talented Argentine Lionel Messi.
“It’s important we put David Villa’s circumstances at Barcelona into context,” wrote the Spanish journalist on his personal website. “First of all, yes, I do believe that there is most definitely something to the notion that the footballing relationship between Messi and Villa is not quite as good as it could be.
“David Villa hasn’t been finding the back of the net as frequently as he has done in recent years and it must be remembered that he signed for Barcelona from a Valencia side where he was the focal point of the attack.
“At his former club, when his team had the ball, they worked to find a way supply Villa. Every attack either went through or ended up with David Villa.
“At Barcelona, Lionel Messi is the fulcrum of the attack and his teammates instinctively look to get the ball to the Argentine. For any striker, no matter who you are, that is hard to take.”
Last week, radio station Cadena Ser has revealed that both Liverpool and Chelsea had approached the Catalan giants about their frontman, whose phenomenal international scoring record – 50 goals in 80 appearances for Spain – speaks for itself.
Having seen his side stutter to a 0-0 draw against Swansea last weekend, a match characterized by Liverpool’s inability to put together many penetrative attacks, Kenny Dalglish will have pondered a move for a high-profile goalscorer.
In January last year, the Scottish manager proved that he is not shy of splashing the cash in order to bolster his attacking options, bringing in both Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez into his squad at a combined weight of around £60 million.