September was an up and down month for Atlético given the high standard we have been accustomed to under Diego Simeone, but there were still plenty of moments to savour for the Rojiblanco faithful.
Arda Turan’s wonderful winner in the Bernabéu was no doubt the highlight, although it didn’t prove enough for him to take our new Player of the Month, nor have two goals from centre-back Miranda that leave him top of the club scoring charts in La Liga so far this season.
Instead, the award goes to midfield dynamo Koke, who’s goal and five assists – one in every game he played – saw him edge in front of the competition and follow on from Diego Godín, our MVP for August.
However, it wasn’t just the Spanish International’s impressive productivity that made him stand out, and this month in particular he has started to show he may be ready to drop back into his natural central midfield position, especially given that Mario Suárez and in particular Gabi have had fitness problems.
The captain was withdrawn midway through our derby win on the 13th, after which Koke took the reins in midfield and played a key role in seeing the game out and securing a crucial result.
He then played at the heart of our midfield in the following two league games against Celta and Almería, before putting in a man of the match performance in the final game of the month; a memorable 4-0 drubbing of rivals Sevilla.
After opening the scoring, the 22 year-old shone throughout, and put the gloss on a dominant showing both individually and collectively by setting up Raúl Jiménez’s first goal in red and white with a typically precise set-piece cross late on.
Saúl’s emergence has drawn comparisons with his fellow cantera graduate, who made a similar path into the team under Quique Sánchez Flores back in 2011.
Do you agree with our choice? Which other players impressed you during the month?