Following a few weeks of animal trapping, growing corn and squash and making pots out of clay, our Indios have returned to the village to deliberate over Atlético’s surprise signing of veteran striker David Villa.
Here’s what our tribe had to say:
Martin: My first reaction about the deal, apart from a bit of shock, was happy feelings and good thoughts and, for the most part, that remains unchanged. The move is one that brings to mind the song ‘Lean On Me’, with both Atleti and Villa depending on each other for mutual benefit. At a bargain price, though not quite the bargain it initially appeared to be — the 31-year-old will cost us over €30 million if he remains at the club all three years of his contract — he gets us out of a bind. Meanwhile, the stage is set for him to return to his past glory, as he had tumbled down the pecking order of Barcelona’s attack following a long injury layoff.
A chip on his shoulder and his heart set on Brazil 2014 fueling his determination, the low-risk gamble on Villa may end up paying Atleti huge dividends.
Billy: I’m very much of two minds about the whole ‘9’ situation, but I do think with Villa the positives outweigh the negatives. The deal we’ve done is an excellent one, although that’s provided that there is reinforcement in other areas and we aren’t just dipping into the bargain bucket for a striker. Villa may be 31 but still has plenty to offer, and comes with a huge profile that can only benefit the club. We may have lost a superstar in Falcao, but next season we’ll have Diego Costa, Adrián, Léo Baptistão and David Villa to choose from in attack, which on paper looks a more-than-healthy pool of options. With the Champions League coming up, depth is hugely important, and at the moment things look promising on that front.
Robel: Initially, I was thrilled with the signing of David Villa, but now that I consider it more carefully, I’m not happy about it. David Villa is a 31-year-old player in decline, who at best has one great season left in him. You can’t honestly believe that he’s a good replacement for Falcao, who scored 70 goals in two seasons for Atleti, whereas Villa scored only 48 goals in three seasons for Barça.
Susanne:I think it’s an awesome signing for that small amount of money and I’m really looking forward to seeing him in the red and white stripes. He has already proven at Valencia and Barcelona that he is able to score lots of goals, so if he avoids injury, he’s a good replacement who can score over 20 goals a season. Villa has a lot of experience and I hope Adrián, Léo Baptistão and Diego Costa will benefit from that and learn a lot from him on and off the pitch. Considering the fact we got him for as little as five million, it was a ‘must’ signing for Atleti.
Gert: I have mixed feelings about the signing of David Villa. More positive than negative though. He’s not young anymore. So that means it’s a short term solution. He’s coming off of a serious injury last year, so will he ever have the same form again? Will he be more injury prone? But he is a class player for sure and he’ll bring experience to the team. Apparently willing to drop wages and we got him really cheap. This means some money remains to be spent, and who knows, that might mean Cholo is not giving up on Diego yet, who could well provide Villa for some goals!
Next week we’ll discuss plans to replace the bear in the club’s crest with a silhouette of Diego Costa.