Villa is a proven striker that has scored over 15 goals per season since he debuted in the Primera Division in 2003. It is true that his preferred position is as a center-forward, but can also play as an attacking midfielder or winger. And this is the main reason why Guardiola has signed him: Villa doesn't have to play instead of Ibrahimovic - he can play with him. Throw in there a bit of Messi or Bojan, who can both play anywhere up-front, and the problem is solved.
I think Guardiola has two main options for attack next season:
The 'Play with Ibra' option: Pep could play David Villa behind Zlatan, with Messi as a left-winger and Pedro wide on the right. This would leave Bojan waiting for his chance on the bench so he could break the defense during the second half.
The 'Play without Ibra' option: If Guardiola decides to choose Villa as the main striker, he could give Messi total freedom to play behind him and, basically, do whatever he wants! This attacking option would give the Argentinian genius a chance for quick 1-2s with David Villa and through passes to either Bojan or Pedro in the wings.
Let's not forget that we will have many more attacking options once Iniesta is fully fit and sign Cesc Fabregas - The Arsenal captain has scored a massive 15 goals this season playing as an attacking midfielder for the Gunners and Don Andres is so good that he can play anywhere in midfield or as a winger. Also, remember that a team like FC Barcelona will play over 70 games per season, which will inevitably cause player fatigue and number of injuries. As Xavi said yesterday: 'You need more than eleven great players if you are going to succeed.'
Would you play with or without Ibrahimovic next season?
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