For weeks, Atlético fans have been constantly refreshing their Twitter feeds, awaiting official confirmation of any their potential summer signings.
On July 7, after the departures of Mandzukic, Miranda and Arda Turan, Atleti confirmed their first official signing of the season, Luciano Vietto.
Vietto is 21-years-old and back when he was a teenager, Simeone gave the Argentine his professional debut while in charge of Argentina’s Primera División.
Now, the manager and his pupil have been reunited once again as the youngster put pen-to-paper on a six-year contract.
Their paths crossed back in 2014 when Vietto’s now former-team, Villarreal, came to the Vicente Calderón. We all know the story, a 1-0 win for Villarreal with Vietto scoring the goal.
After the match, the Argentine posted a photo of him and Simeone saying he would always be thankful.
The rumours began and now, seven months later, Vietto is a rojiblanco.
— AS English (@English_AS) July 7, 2015
Everyone has seen the stats. 12 league goals in 32 league matches, or 12 goals in 1,902 minutes. In comparison, Mario Mandzukic scored 12 goals in 28 matches or 1,929 minutes.
To sum it up, Vietto had a dream season considering it was his first in Spain, let alone is first outside of Argentina.
Some tout him as the new Agüero, while Simeone claims Vietto reminds him a lot of David Villa.
When Vietto arrived in Madrid he said, “I hope I can do everything that Kun did while in Atleti.”
But how were his goals? Stats and comparisons with other players, while helpful, don’t paint the whole story.
In all, Vietto scored two goals with his weaker left foot and ten with his dominant right. 75 per cent of his goals were scored with Vietto touching the ball just once.
His intelligence and vision help him read the game and place himself in the perfect position to finish chances.
The only time he scored after taking more than two touches on the ball was when he scored in the Calderon. Five touches. Control. Dribble. Light touch. Light touch. Shot. Goal.
So what can we expect from Vietto?
Plain and simple, he must be fed balls.
However, his ability to play either on the wings, behind the forward, or even as a striker, alongside with his agility and intelligence on the pitch, make him a threat wherever he lines up on the pitch.
It’s unknown how Cholo will set up Atleti next season, but with a strike force like the one we have, goals are a certainty.