Friday, August 11, 2006

The case for Javier Saviola

On Wednesday, Javier Saviola was probably the man of the match for FC Barcelona in their comeback draw against Club America in Houston. This is noteworthy most because Barcelona are doing everything in their power to get rid of Saviola. He's been on loan for three years now, and now that his teams he was on loan for don't want him, he's been playing for Barcelona, who don't want him.

I'm not sure why. He played well in the world cup. He's always played reasonably well for Barcelona. He's always sacrificed himself for the club. He's always played his heart out. And he seems like a great guy, from every interview I've ever seeen.

Admittedly, he wasn't worth the 50 million dollars Barcelona have already dumped on him, but that doesn't mean he isn't a decent striker. He's in the last year of his contract, and he will be gone next year. Barcelona doesn't have too much depth at striker, with only Gudjohnsen and Eto'o playing that position. If either of those two players get injured, it would be good to have Saviola around. I don't think you can justify selling him for 5 million euros. As Saviola showed, he can be provide punch off the bench.

Even more importantly, Saviola has a chip on his shoulder. He's still got something to prove. Ronaldinho, Eto'o, and Messi don't. The world already recognizes their talent. Having a striker coming off the bench with a wounded ego and a fire in his belly is exactly what this Barcelona needs. Saviola is not complacent right now, which makes him the perfect addition to the squad. Best of all, he's already there.

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