Finally, one of the most drawn transfer saga in recent times have been put to bed with the news that Barca have won the race to sign Neymar and the Brazilian will be signing a 5 year deal at the Nou Camp. His arrival is a clear sign of intent that Barcelona are keen to reclaim their seemingly lost status in European football. While Neymar will be adding to the offensive potency of Barca, it will also be casting further doubts on the futures of 2 of their current stars; David Villa and Cesc Fabregas.
Neymar is coming to fill in on the wings considering Messi’s presence through the middle as a false 9. Certainly, with this, Fabregas and Villa will be affected. Fabregas has played more on the left wing since his arrival at the Nou Camp owing to the presence of Xavi in his preferred midfield role while Villa on the other hand has also been forced wide in recent seasons to accommodate the prolific Messi through the middle.
This certainly pits them against the new boy Neymar in the battle for a first team berth. Neymar is the new beautiful bride and with wages of 7 million Euros per year, it won’t be good business to relegate him to the bench. Even Neymar might have to make do with the right wing owing to the presence of Iniesta who operates mainly on the left wing.
Currently, Barca have Sanchez, Pedro Iniesta, Tello, Neymar, Fabregas and Villa jostling for the 2 wing positions alonside Messi. Iniesta will almost certainly pick one slot. He is too vital to the Barca team to be benched while the other space might be handed to Neymar for obvious reasons. What then is the fate of the
remaining five attackers?
Barca might decide to sell Tello but what footballing fate awaits the other experienced four should they decide to stay back at the Nou Camp? Villa is the oldest of the lot and might just be made available for transfer, ditto for Fabregas. If that happens to be the situation, Arsenal should get ready to pounce. Arsenal made a bid for Villa in the winter window but it was rejected, should we try again in the summer and with this new reality on ground, we might succeed.
As for Fabregas, he will certainly be affected. He isn’t a natural winger but was forced there because Guardiola wanted a role for him at all cost but unfortunately, Tito is not a huge fan of him. Cesc has been linked with a move away from Nou Camp but the realization of more bench role in the new season might hasten his departure.
That said, both players have been linked with moves to the Emirates. All that’s important is for Arsenal to make a concrete offer for both of them. I would suggest we make Cesc our priority because he is the younger of the duo and already has Premier league experience playing for us. Also, we can get a younger striker, Villa been in his 30s is not an encouraging news. Why should we be dotting on an old striker when younger strikers like Jovetic, Benteke, Michu and Rooney are available? We should focus on getting a long term solution rather than a stop gap. Barca will be keen to let go of Fabregas and Villa so as to reduce their wage bill which has soared up owing to the acquisition of Neymar and if there is a good time to launch a raid for Fabregas, it is now
Should we decide to take up the Fabregas option, it will add bite to the first team. He can slot into the midfield alongside Wilshere with Cazorla moving permanently to the wings. If he returns, Ramsey, Rosicky and Arteta depending on whether or not Wenger brings in a new defensive midfielder, will all drop to the bench. That as it may, his presence will strengthen the team and improve Giroud’s goal returns. With Fabregas in the team, we will create more chances and certainly, score more goals.
But I wonder why Barca will want to let go of Fabregas. Has he lost his DNA so soon? If so, how bad. It’s obvious he returned ahead of time, making his return unappreciated. He cannot play his natural role because of Xavi’s presence and cannot thrive well on the wings because he lacks the requisite skills there. With Neymar
coming on board, even the wing role becomes a luxury. To have a talent like Fabregas’ waste away on the bench is unfair. Fabregas needs regular football to retain his regular spot in La Fura Roja ahead of the 2014 World Cup. If he cannot get it at Nou Camp, Emirates is ever willing to receive the prodigal son.