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Tottenham Hotspur close to securing David Villa?

May 28, 2013, 10:41 AM EDT

File photo of Spain's national soccer team player Villa attending news conference in Kaunas

Tottenham are already planning for next season.

And David Villa seems to be the man at the top of Andre Vilas-Boas’ wishlist.

The Spanish star has just one year left on his contract at Barcelona, with the 31-year-old striker looking for a fresh challenge after a frustrating last few seasons at Barcelona.

A bad leg break and loss of form have hampered Villa’s appearances since the 2011-12 season, but he would be a steal at $15-18 million, as is rumored to be the price tag around his neck.

But do Spurs really need a striker? Oh yes.

For most of last season Gareth Bale was their one and only option for goals. He managed 21 in the league from a deep-lying position on the wing or in midfield.

Think how well Spurs could’ve done if they had a 15-20 goal striker to add to Bale’s dominance? That is scary. Only Everton from the EPL’s top seven scored less than Spurs’ 66 goals last season.

AVB knows he’s not too far away from building a side that can compete with the top two. Spurs just need an extra spark up front if they’re going to get to that next level.

Can Villa provide that? Perhaps. He is a quality finisher, has won just about every trophy in the land and a change of scenery and new challenge could be the making of him. Here is a little visual reminder of what the former Valencia star can do. Enjoy.

If you look at Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor this season, Tottenham’s two main strikers, they scored 16 league goals between them. If you are challenging for a top four spot, you should be expecting 16 goals from each of your main strikers.

That proved to be the difference for Spurs as they narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification to North London rivals Arsenal on the final day of the season.

Sorry for the painful reminder, Spurs fans.

So Villa could be the answer. If not, AVB knows he needs to strengthen going forward. But with Clint Dempsey injured for vast swathes of the 2012-13 season, maybe he can provide the answer to boost Tottenham’s goalscoring prowess?

Just throwing that out there. Regardless, it would be great to see Villa suit up in the EPL.

  1. joeyt360 - May 28, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Well, depends on salary. You might as well chalk that 15 million up as more salary, since at 31 you’ll get nothing on the back end. And how many years has he got at CL level, two or three? Assuming it’s three that’s 5 million you’ve paid out in ‘pseudo-salary’ before the player sees any of it.

  2. garbonza - May 29, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    If Villa is the man at the top of Tottenham’s wish list I dread to see who’s below him. You seriously believe a club ambitious to rise in the Premier League is giving top priority to a fading star prone to breaking his leg and who turns 32 three months into the season, at the cost of sacrificing 29-year-old Adebayor? — who at least is a proven entity to the team and has proven himself in the English game.

    • superspur63 - May 29, 2013 at 3:58 AM

      How the heck is David Villa ‘prone to breaking his leg’ many players suffer leg breaks, such is football. He is an excellent striker, has never been injury prone. Raul is still playing, so why can’t Villa. Every striker suffers at Barcelona due to a certain Mr Messi.

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