The winter transfer season is open and Atleti have already secured fan-favourite, Fernando Torres. The niño is back after a seven-and-a-half year long adventure abroad. Fernando’s arrival meant the departure of Alessio Cerci; the Italian didn’t fit in with the team and his complaints to the press didn’t bring him any more minutes.
However, other than signing Fernando Torres – do Atleti really need to sign anyone else?
Some will say yes and some will say no. I say yes. 33-year-old Tiago isn’t getting any younger and an adequate replacement will be necessary soon. Atleti already has Mario Suárez, but if rumours are to be believed he is on his way out in search of more minutes.
This leaves Cholo with two options. Play Koke alongside Gabi in the middle, or play 20-year-old Saúl alongside Gabi.
While Koke excels in a more defensive and deeper position, he is more threatening from a more offensive position. Saúl is a definite option, but will his age and experience work against him?
Ignacio Camacho is the perfect way to solve the Atlético midfield puzzle.
The 24-year-old Spaniard is an Atleti youth product who transferred to Málaga in 2011 in search of minutes. His surge has been incredible and he is one of the most important players for Málaga this season. Vicente Del Bosque even awarded the man from Zaragoza a call up to the Spanish national team.
Camacho plays in a defensive midfield position and has already won 110 tackles this season for his team. In comparison, Gabi has won 121, Tiago 105 and Mario Suárez 54.
Málaga has lost five matches so far this season and two of those came when Camacho wasn’t on the pitch. Despite his young age he also has a level of maturity; he’s captained Málaga twice this season.
Atlético reportedly turned down the opportunity to buy back Camacho for €5 million 18 months ago, but since then the player has gone from strength to strength. His release clause is reportedly €20 million.
Other than this signing – which could wait until the summer if Mario Suárez sticks around – Atleti really don’t need to strengthen the squad.
Would Camacho be a good signing? Should we have signed him back last year, or has his growth at Málaga proved us right to leave him there?