Atletico Madrid has signed striker Luis Suarez from La Liga rivals Barcelona for 6 million euros on a two-year deal. The Uruguayan superstar had spent the previous six years of his career at Camp Nou, winning four La Liga titles, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, Super Cup, and four Copa del Rey. He also scored 198 goals in all competitions, making him the third-highest scorer in the club’s history.
However, he was deemed surplus to requirement by the new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman. Many football fans across the globe believe that Barcelona has made a mistake by allowing Suarez to leave. Suarez’s move to Atletico Madrid is, without a doubt, a good signing because if there is one striker that fits Diego Simeone’s team better, it is the Uruguayan player.
Suarez is the kind of player that likes going to war with his opponents. He presses very well and has the intensity. He can also punish the opposition’s sloppiness and get the ball into the opponent’s area when his team plays on the offensive.
Despite his impeccable goalscoring and trophy-laden success, a section of the Atletico Madrid fans have raised one primary concern about Suarez’s transfer to the team. His age, fitness, and physical condition have been a persistent problem for the striker. There is the belief that a younger Suarez would have been a significant coup for Atletico Madrid. Although age is not on Suarez’s side, there is no doubt about his qualities. He is a great goal scorer and has a vast experience in big games. Knowing how smart Diego Simeone is, he will play a strategy to suit Suarez by surrounding him with players covering the ground to reduce the physical burden on the player.
How Suarez could transform Atletico Madrid
Luis Suarez hasn’t taken long to make a big impression with Atletico Madrid. The Uruguayan striker scored two goals and set up another in their 6-1 win over Granada in their opening game of the current Spanish league season.
Suarez is a proven goal scorer, and it seems he has settled well in Diego Someone’s team in a short period. Suarez’s arrival will lift the Atletico Madrid club to new heights, and he will bring a lot to this Atletico Madrid team. Suarez can be a focal point in Atletico’s attack. He is excellent with his back towards the goal, and his movement inside the box also creates chances.
Suarez is also useful in the air and is good with both feet. On paper, he is far ahead than the rest of the Atletico Madrid strikers as he scored 21 goals for Barcelona last season. Both Diego Costa and Joao Felix combined to score 14 goals for Atletico Madrid last season, seven fewer than Suarez. Alvaro Morata, who recently joined Juventus on loan, also scored just 16 goals last season.
Suarez has carved the reputation of being an all-round striker with an incredible return of 408 goals and 232 assists in his career. Although he is past his peak and appears to have lost a yard of pace, he will bring a lot to the Atletico Madrid attacking third. Suarez will also help mentor Joao Felix, who endured a mixed form in his first season at Atletico Madrid.
Can Suarez help Atletico break the duopoly in La Liga?
Seven years ago, Barcelona let a prolific striker in the shape of David Villa, who had helped them lift the UEFA Champions league, leave for Atletico Madrid. David Villa helped Diego Simeone’s side capture their first league title in 18 years.
The question here is, can Suarez help Atletico achieve that remarkable feat again? Suarez will undoubtedly make Atletico a more formidable foe that can cause more problems for teams in the league. Simeone boasts of a well-organized team, but what his men lack is the mental toughness, which Suarez has. Suarez, being close friends with new Atletico teammate Jose Gimenez already understands how the club ticks and what the fans demand. Last season, Atletico Madrid lacked the killer instinct in the penalty area.
Diego Costa used to do that for the team during his first spell at the club. However, he has lost that killer instinct due to several injuries in recent seasons. With Suarez in the team, it appears Atletico has found a solution to their problems in front of the goal.