Atletico Madrid look to bolster their attacking strength.
Atletico Madrid are in red-hot form right now. They sit on top of the La Liga with a mighty 17 points from 7 games which include a win over bitter rivals Barcelona. Despite all of this, Diego Simeone’s men now face a new challenge- finding a goal scorer. With Luis Suarez out after he tested positive for COVID and Diego Costa with a recurring injury, it seems they will be looking forward to the market in search of a new man upfront.
As per reports from AS, their medical team announced on Wednesday that,
“A disease that could be directly related to the coronavirus that the player recently overcame and that will take him off the pitch for an unlimited time. Health comes first and foremost. He will only return when his return is completely safe.“
But that lack of a no. 9 does not seem like a good idea in the long run. The team needs a man up top that stretches the block and opens the game between the lines for Joao Felix, Correa, and Koke, who exploit those spaces.
The Rojiblancos have a great history of signing excellent strikers or creating them. One of them being the recent pursuit of Edinson Cavani who they missed out on narrowly. Boasting of such excellent strikers in the past, this really is a new feeling for the club. The club has seen some additions to the squad like Geoffrey Kondogbia and Carrasco. And that would once again be the formula that the Rojiblancos would study. The economic situation prevents any important arrival as it depletes the wage funds to a large extent.
Everything will depend on the evolution of Costa and his injury. But if his loss is long term, the position of the striker is compromised. The market can be the solution if it offers an option. The solution has to be economically affordable and should improve the benefits of what is already in the workforce. For the moment, the youth squad talent Camel will be the first natural replacement of a Suárez for whom the hours are already being counted for his return.
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