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Is Not Spain Not Taking Navas And Llorente A Mistake?

Wednesday, 11th June, 2014

del bosque not taking navas and llorente to the World Cup is a mistake

The World Cup is almost here, and there has been a question on my mind since Vicente Del Bosque named his final 23 squad: Is Spain not taking Jesus Navas and Fernando Llorente a mistake?

Spain have taken David Villa and Fernando Torres, as well as a less than 100% fit Diego Costa to the World Cup, and omitted Jesus Navas who has also been getting over an injury, and the man in form Fernando Llorente.

Jesus Navas is a player who rarely starts for Spain, but when he’s called upon he usually delivers, and is an amazing impact player…Who can forget his amazing run which lead to the Iniesta goal in the World Cup final when Spain won the last World Cup. Since he probably would not start, it’s worth taking him as an impact player, even if he was struggling a little with fitness.

The same can not be said with Diego Costa, who’s had an injury for the past several weeks, and played an hour or so in Spain’s final warm up game last week. He’s probably going to start, but it could be a gamble on his fitness, he’ll have to hit the ground running, and if he doesn’t where will David Villa and Fernando Torres fit in? Will he be dropped for one of them, and how long do you give Diego Costa to prove himself?

Fernando Torres is a great player, however has not been in form for a long time. He has even been dropped from several Spain squads in the qualifiers, so it was quite a surprise to see him named in the final 23, ahead of Fernando Llorente. Fernando Llorente has a slow start to his Juventus career, but went on to become a regular starter, finished the season as a Serie A winner and scored 16 league goals in the process, only 3 behind his teammate Carlos Tevez.

David Villa is a player who’s been in and out the Atletico Madrid team, and is still an amazing player, but has been in and out the national team. He played last week and scored both goals against El Salvador, showing he can still do it at this level.

If Torres and/or Diego Costa don’t deliver, there’ll be questions whether Del Bosque got the squad selection right, and if Fernando Llorente or Jesus Navas should have been picked.


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