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Dembélé, against the curse of ‘9’

Moussa Dembélé, if nothing is twisted, he will be the new forward of the Atlético de Madrid ahead of this final stretch of the season. The 24-year-old French striker will be the replacement for Diego Costa in the template Diego Pablo Simeone and it will be the competition of Luis Suarez on the attack front. For the French striker, who is not in the best moment of his career, the shadow of almost a dozen of 9 who has had at his service the Cholo and that they did not finish curdling. Dembélé he will have to arrive and tear down that wall that seems insurmountable for the strikers who wear the red-and-white elastic.

Next to the decade of Simeone at Atlético de Madrid, Under his guidelines, a multitude of forwards and very diverse have passed, although all with the same essential responsibility: the goal. Tall, short, physical, technical, fast, strong … Cholo has had it all. He has tried everything. With one or two strikers, one more staggered than the other, another that falls to the band … But for some strange reason, no striker ends up curdling with the rojiblanca, no one reaches a certain stability and an undeniable ownership. Something happens with 9.

Without going any further, even on the mattress template, you will find Ivan Saponjic. Atlético de Madrid signed the Serbian in the summer of 2019 from the Benfica. It was a project for the future that has not been built. The 1.90 and 23-year-old forward has only played five games in the year and a half he has been at the club and never started as a starter with the red and white jersey. Never. He has not played in the league yet this season and last season he played two games in which he appeared in both at 88 ′. Between three cup games he adds just over 100 minutes. Zero goals.

Alvaro Morata Nor was he incapable of earning the vitola of titularísimo in the season and a half that was in the Athletic of Madrid. 22 goals to his credit in 61 games for the rojiblancos. The possibility of bringing Luis Suarez and the interest of Juventus led to the sale of the forward despite his impact on the club. His harmony with Simeone was never the best during that lapse of time at the Wanda Metropolitano.

A little further back, Nikola Kalinic. The Croatian was another important outlay in the summer of 2018. He was signed to be in the shadow of Griezmann and Diego Costa that season, although in January the club would end up signing Morata due to the low performance of the striker. He only played 24 games that season 18/19 in which he signed four goals.

Highlighted failures

Two players of a very similar cut and who would end up leaving the same year, in the summer of 2018. Luciano Vietto and Kevin Gameiro they did not make history in the Atlético de Madrid. Especially the first, the Argentine, who arrived from Villarreal after a good season with the Submarine in exchange for about 20 million euros, left Atlético three years later after three goals and two assignments (Seville and Valencia). The Frenchman did sign a good scoring record, with 27 targets, in the two seasons he was in Madrid. But he did not finish settling in the title: of his 82 games he only started 45.

35 million euros paid the Atlético de Madrid to the Port for the Colombian Jackson Martinez after three sensational seasons in Portugal, surpassing twenty goals. With the red and white, another fiasco. 22 games, 13 starts and only three goals in all the competitions of the 15/16 season. One season earlier, on 14/15, two flops at the same time: Mario mandzukic and Raul Jimenez. Despite the 20 goals from the Croatian that year, he would not finish satisfying Simeone and would later make a career at Juventus. The Mexican played only four games as a starter that year. He finished with a single goal.