With five wins from six matches, there was no shortage of candidates for the AtléticoFans Player of the Month award for November.
Diego Godín, Koke and Arda Turan have already taken home the prize this season, but this time round we felt the need to commend one of the more unsung heroes of the team.
The aforementioned trio were all had a good month, whereas new signings Mario Mandzukic and Antoine Griezmann have started finding a regular flow in front of goal, but for us, it’s right-back Juanfran who was November’s top man.
Before leaving for Chelsea’s bench in the summer, a lot of Atleti’s best wide play came through Filipe Luís on the left, but since his departure Juanfran has really taken on the mantle and become one of our biggest assets going forward – as well as a part of the meanest defence in Spain.
The 29 year-old started the month in fine form with an assist against Cordobá, and really shone in the two Champions League wins against Malmo and Olympiacos, setting up further goals in each for Koke and Raúl García.
His partnership with Arda Turan also goes from strength to strength, with the two combining to great effect in the Málaga game, and he continues to impress on the International stage as well.
A man of the match performance against Belarus – where he was involved in two of the three goals – appears to have won his place as the starting right-back, and helped further cement his status as one of the best in his position in the game right now.
Back-up Jesús Gámez has had to remain patient since making the move from Málaga in the summer, and you have to wonder just how much of a chance he will get with Juanfran in the form he is.
Do you agree with our choice? Where does Juanfran rank for you amongst other right-backs in Europe?