Player Of The Month – May

Brazilian full-back a surprise choice for final award of the season

Siqueira celebrates first Atleti goal vs. Levante

Siqueira celebrates first Atleti goal vs. Levante

It seems like a while ago now, but Atlético ended the season in fairly low key fashion, failing to win any of their last four matches during May despite securing third spot ahead of Valencia and Sevilla.

The month was fairly forgettable on the whole, with no real highlights or moments that will live particularly long in the memory.

Referee Jaime Latre wrongly disallowed denied us all three points against Athletic, and that rather set the tone as further draws with Levante and Granada followed, either side of a 1-0 home loss to Barcelona.

There was one player who did stand out across all four games though, and is perhaps a shock choice given criticism he has taken over the season. After winning back his place in the line-up, Guilherme Siqueira finally showed some of the form that made the red and whites shell out for his signature in the summer.

Replacing Filipe Luís was never going to be easy, and the former Benfica man shared the responsibility for much of the campaign with fellow new signings Cristian Ansaldi and Jesús Gámez. He was expected to be the number one, but defensive frailties and a lack of consistency raised doubts amongst the coaching staff and the fan base.

At times he has looked the part – no less than in February’s fantastic 4-0 derby win against Real Madrid – but up until this month our lack of a regular, dependable option was proving costly, especially in the big matches.

However, all players need time to adapt to our style and Siqueira is no different. Atleti have supposedly made a new left-back one of their priorities for the summer transfer window, but any new faces will have a fight on their hands if the Brazilian maintains his recent form.

His new-found willingness and endeavour also helped him open his goalscoring account in the 2-2 draw at Levante, finding himself in the six-yard box to finish like a centre-forward just minutes after the home side had edged ahead.

Then against Barça he was arguably our best player, and in the final game at former club Granada, he earned a standing ovation from the whole of Los Carménes in what was another impressive showing.

In a recent interview, he claimed that any further competition would not scare him and that friend and compatriot Filipe Luís is welcome back, which could make things interesting ahead of next season.

Do you agree with our choice? What role do you see Siqueira taking in the squad in the future?

  • Let me say this, if Guilherme Siqueira is the hero of the last month, then our forwards were stinking the place up. Nothing against Siqueira, I like him because he chose us over Real Madrid and he got creative, scored and was very energetic during the last month of the season. One could say he may have been trying to save his job? You could say that, but I liked what I saw, and if our Strikers were putting the fear of God into the opponent, he (and JuanFran) would have been even more effective. Come on Atletico, buy at least one killer striker.