After another loss in La Liga in Spain that puts Atlético de Madrid even further from the title fight, Diego Simeone seems to really be needing players that can score goals consistently and Edinson Cavani can really fit those needs very well.
Without Griezmann and Diego Costa everything became more complicated
Atlético de Madrid lost Antoine Griezmann this Summer, but they invested strongly on the youngster João Félix that has been proving to be a true disappointment so far, with 2 goals scored and 1 assist in 16 matches in La Liga.
To have a better idea of the difference here, the French striker was always worth at least 15 goals scored and 8 assists in La Liga in each of the last 3 seasons playing for the Colchoneros.
As if this clear break of offensive production wasn’t enough, the main attacker of the club that stayed – Diego Costa – suffered a serious injury that has been maintaining him away from the pitch for the past couple of months.
His presence on the field is always very important taking into consideration his physical strength that not only allows him to score a lot of goals, but also create spaces for his teammates.
Without these two core pieces from last season and with João Félix underperforming, it has been Álvaro Morata and Ángel Correa compensating on the attack, with the former Real Madrid striker already having 7 goals scored and 1 assist in 17 encounters in La Liga, while Correa has been dazzling with 3 goals and 5 assists in only 15 matches.
The two players were also decisive to take down Barcelona on the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup and they have been looking like they are the most nonconformist.
However, the goalscoring record of the team continues to be well below what would be expected from a club looking for the Spanish title.
Slightly more than a goal per match
Despite their defensive solidity in La Liga – 14 goals conceded in 20 matches – Atleti can’t be solely dependent on their defensive players, especially taking into consideration that they’ve come into this season with the intent of getting into the fight for the title against Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Right now, the Colchoneros have scored only 22 goals in La Liga on 20 encounters and that is manifestly not enough for a team that has such ambitions.
To have a clearer idea of this problem, Atlético currently has the 8th worst attack of the competition.
Because of that, they urgently need to reinforce the attacking sector in order to have a good final stage of the season that at least allows them to put some pressure on the two teams at the top, as well as fight for the other competitions such as the Copa del Rey and the Champions League.
Cavani should come in hungry for goals
Edinson Cavani is a star striker that stood out over the course of the last decade playing for Napoli at first and PSG more recently.
The veteran Uruguayan attacker is one of the top goal scorers in Europe from the past couple of years, presenting a record of 112 goals scored in the Italian Serie A, 136 in the Ligue 1 and 35 in the Champions League, as well as 50 for the Uruguayan national team.
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Generally speaking, Cavani is getting closer to the mark of 400 goals scored as a professional football player and it would certainly be a breath of fresh air on the attack of the Colchoneros.
In dispute with PSG, the South-American striker has very few minutes of playtime this season and he should be hungry to give a new direction to his career on a club where he can recover his joy of playing football, as well as his killer instinct that is very well-known by all of us.
Who doesn’t remember Portugal’s executioner on the 2018 World Cup – Cavani scored twice on Uruguay’s victory by 2-1.
Simeone will see alternative options with good eyes
Diego Simeone has invariably been utilizing a two-man attack with Álvaro Morata and João Félix up front.
However, the arrival of Edinson Cavani will allow him to manage the physical condition of those two players better and who know take better advantage of Félix’s qualities, that has been looking somewhat frustrated due to the defensive tasks he has been assigned.
With Simeone, that won’t change, because the core idea of his football is based on the organization and defensive pressure, but maybe a more intermittent utilization on the pitch might help João Félix recover his physical indexes and also his confidence in order to have a more important role on the attack of the Colchoneros.
On the other hand, Diego Costa is also progressing towards his return to the pitches having already started practices last week, which means Simeone can suddenly have several offensive options, that way being able to choose the best ones instead of what has been happening, where he was basically forced to always utilize the same two players.