Over the last few days, reports have been circulating that AC Milan are eyeing up Siqueira of Atlético as a potential re-enforcement to their depleted defensive ranks. However the Brazilian is one of few defensive options available to Simeone this season – so is there any chance he could leave?
Back in 2006, Guilherme Siqueira made his debut for Serie A side Udinese. The Brazilian left-back stayed in Italy until 2010 where he was “signed” by Spanish league side, Granada.
Signed is in quotation marks because Udinese and Granada are owned by the same person, Giampaolo Pozzo. After four years in the Andalucian side and one year spent at Benfica on loan, Siqueira joined Atlético Madrid for a fee of €10 million at the beginning of this season.
Siqueira’s time at Atlético Madrid has not been as good as expected. Atlético’s number 3 is a ‘traditional’ Brazilian full-back. Meaning that his attacking capabilities greatly surpass his defensive ones. For some teams that’s okay; just look at Marcelo at Real Madrid – sometimes you forget Marcelo is actually a left back. However, Atlético de Madrid plays a game where a solid defence is a must at all times.
Back in December, Simeone praised Siqueira’s offensive ability, but also explained his desire for Siqueira to grow defensively. “Offensively he is a very important player for the team and I hope he can keep growing defensively because he has been working very hard to improve.”
After the international friendly between Brazil and Colombia in September, Miranda was full of praise for his compatriot. “Siqueira is a very good player, a high quality one. Definitely on the same level as Filipe Luis.”
After some not so solid matches by Siqueira – most notably against Athletic Club – rumours have been strong stating that the Brazilian will return to Italy to sign for struggling AC Milan. However, after a solid performance against Real Madrid in the Bernabéu, will Siqueira stay?
If Siqueira ends up leaving, Atlético would have to find a replacement immediately. On-loan Ansaldi is constantly injured and owned by Zenit, while Gámez seemed lost while playing on the opposite end of the pitch against Barcelona.
Siqueira has made 15 appearances for Atlético so far this season.
Will Siqueira be able to grow defensively or has he reached his peak already?
Would it be a viable option to get rid of the Brazilian after just half of a season and without a backup in mind?
What are your thoughts on Siqueira? Should he stay, should he go, can he improve?