Dembélé, in front of the mirror of Fernando Torres and Morata

The Frenchman, a follower of El Niño, arrives as a winter reinforcement, but aware that a good role can lead him to stay as happened with the two ends.


Moussa Dembélé has already had his first contact with the Atlético coaching staff. The Frenchman trained for the first time in Majadahonda with the clear mission of taking advantage of his great opportunity. The forward himself pointed out in his first impressions as a rojiblanco that "it is a great challenge for me. This is a great club known all over the world. It is a great step for me. I am delighted and can't wait to start" .

Y is that Dembélé arrives at Atlético for the next six months, but aware that the club has saved a purchase option of some 33.5 million in case he manages to conquer Simeone. By characteristics, everything indicates that it can do it. At 24, he has qualities that contrast and complement Luis Suárez, the other end of the squad. A power in the race, the ability to attack space and an option to stretch the team that the Uruguayan is finding it harder to contribute. When Atlético gathers their lines closer to their area, as it happened against Sevilla, they need a player who starts with an open field and becomes a danger for the centrals in speed.

The Frenchman arrives to cover the loss of a Diego Costa who always stood out in that facet, but in recent years he had been losing that acceleration peak that made it difficult for him to reach the danger zone. Except in the case of excellent auctioneers like Suárez or Falcao, Simeone has used to bet on fast forwards who can stand out on the counterattack, in the cases of Costa, Gameiro, Torres or Morata. The last two can serve as a great model for Dembélé, since they also arrived on loan in a winter market and ended up staying.

Torres, his idol

In the case of Torres, "my favorite player as a child" as Dembélé explained, it was through a more complex operation. Cerci, who was not performing as a rojiblanco, left on loan for a year and a half to Milan in exchange for Torres' return to the club in January 2015. Some 45,000 people filled the stands of the Vicente Calderón to be participants in the presentation of the Child in his back home. The number '9' was re-released as a scorer with a double in the Cup against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu and began to win over Manzdzukic.

Then Jackson Martínez would arrive, but he would also end up succumbing to Torres, who at the end of the year and a half on loan and with the release card in hand, signed for Atlético. In total, he spent three and a half seasons in his second stage at the club and was an important piece for Simeone, always starting the substitute theoretical course, but ending up taking the position, including the 2016 Champions League final. He played 160 games and scored 38 goals, two of them in a farewell that is now the history of Wanda Metropolitano.

Morata, scorer in just six months

Morata, for his part, signed for Atlético when the 2019 winter market was coming to an end. Loaned by Chelsea, but with a purchase option valued at around 55 million, the Madrid native was important from day one. Despite his Madrid past, Morata opted for Atlético, a club in which he already played in the lower categories and where he had the great support of Simeone as a supporter of his incorporation. From day one it was important. From January to June he scored six goals in 17 games to finish as the team's second highest scorer in the league after Griezmann and last season he finished with 16, 12 of them in the league, to be the team's top scorer by far. With the arrival of Suárez, he was transferred to Juventus, where he is performing at a high level (11 goals in 19 games) and where the Italian team seems convinced that he will exercise his purchase option.

Goal by flag

"Mainly, I am a forward and I like to score goals. That's my job. I like to run into space, receive the ball and score goals. I am a physical player, but with technique. I can't wait to start playing here". That was Dembélé's own definition in his presentation as a rojiblanco. Although he has not had a good start to the season, with only one goal scored in the 16 games he has played, the Frenchman has been Olympique Lyon's top scorer in the last two seasons. Last year he scored 24 goals in 46 games, closing his account with a double against Manchester City in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The previous one had obtained 20 in other 46 meetings. In Scotland he had also made his mark, with a first season of 32 goals in 49 games and at just 20 years old England broke out with 17 goals in 44 games for Fulham. A player with the goal between eyebrows and eyebrows who knows that unleashing his full potential could lead to a future at rojiblanco, his great desire.

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