Player Of The Month – April

Red-hot Griezmann wins prize for the second time this season

French forward is the latest product of 'Cholismo'

French forward is the latest product of 'Cholismo'

Despite exiting the Champions League in cruel fashion at the quarter-final stage, Atlético enjoyed a good month during April with five La Liga wins to keep up their domestic form.

Various players impressed, including Jan Oblak who has made the number one goalkeeping jersey his own, but there was one man who stood out above all others.

With 8 goals in as many games, Antoine Griezmann not only becomes the first player to win our coveted monthly award for the second time, but was also named La Liga’s best player for his exploits during April.

The Frenchman has really taken his game to a new level in recent weeks, and furthers the transformation from crafty winger to a ruthless, all-action frontman with every passing match.

After not scoring at all in March, Griezmann came back with a bang from the international break, scoring in the first three matches of the month against Córdoba, former club Real Sociedad and Málaga, against whom he scored both goals in a 2-2 draw.

However, his stand-out moment came the following week at the Riazor, where he was again at the double as Atleti held out for the win.

His second goal was impressive, but the first left the stadium open mouthed as he showed his quick-thinking and incredible athleticism to open the scoring with a perfectly executed overhead-kick.

It was a technique that very few players would even think of – never mind pull off – but Griezmann has a habit of making everything look rather easy.

To round off the month, he hit yet another brace in a 3-0 win at home to Elche, both of which predatory finishes inside the six yard box.

Perhaps the one disappointment was that he didn’t really affect the action in either leg of the Champions League clash with Real Madrid, but given how he took them apart back in February, you have to credit Carlo Ancelotti’s team for being able to contain him.

As you would expect, the rumour mill is already beginning to churn with Chelsea and Bayern Munich among those supposedly interested, but there are also whispers that he could be in for an improved contract at the Calderón.

With 25 goals in all, there is no doubt Griezmann has justified his €30m transfer fee despite a slow start, and if he continues progressing at his current rate we could be about to witness something special.

How impressed have you been with Antoine Griezmann? Should he be the frontrunner for Atleti’s player of the season?

  • Ringo

    with Koke’s recent dip and Griezmann’s kinda of slow warmup to the season, I think the final few matches will decide which of these two was best of the season.
    Well, at least for me that’s the case

    breakthrough was Giménez, obviously
    Saúl was dope, but less consistent

    drop in form of the season was Gabi

  • starvs

    Giménez is the breakthrough, agreed, but not super obvious anymore, thanks Oblak.

  • Chewie

    Among the reports that Chelsea wants to include Filipe Luis in the deal of getting Godin there were reports that Griezmann has stopped the contract negotiations after Chelsea showed interest. Bayern wants him too. Will Atletico be a stepping stone for yet another great goalscorer? Should we worry about losing someone else in the summer?

  • Kris

    Well,to be fair, Oblak had already had a breakthrough at Benefica. That’s why we bought him for so much.