Player Of The Month – September

Breakthrough star Correa our choice for best player of the last month

Correa has made a great impact so far this season

Correa has made a great impact so far this season

With 3 wins and 3 defeats, September was a rather up and down month for Atleti, and one that raised doubts over Diego Simeone’s new look team as they make their way through the adaptation phase.

After Barcelona came to the Calderón and grabbed all three points, the rojiblancos were also put to the sword in disappointing fashion later on in the month by Villarreal and Benfica.

We did manage wins against Eibar, Getafe and Galatasaray, but despite scoring twice a piece against the latter two, it wasn’t enough for top scorer Antoine Griezmann to take the prize.

Instead we have gone for a youngster who has played his way into the starting XI, and provided the spark that we’ve been lacking in the final third for much of the season so far.

On the back of a year out and a heart surgery that could’ve ended his career, most thought it may take some time before we see Ángel Correa really hit his stride, but the 19 year-old has started his rojiblanco career like a house on fire.

Things have move fast in recent weeks for the Argentine, and since getting the medical clearance and returning to action this season, he has gone from strength to strength.

Correa started September with a debut a goal for his country in their win against Bolivia, and also scored his first for Atleti in the 2-0 win at Eibar just a minute after coming onto the pitch later on in the month.

His first start came 10 days later against Benfica in the Champions League, scoring the opening goal in an eventual defeat of which he was the only real positive.

While the rest of our attack struggles – press reported this week that this has been our worst start to a season in front of goal under Simeone – the former San Lorenzo man is having no such problems, and is in the team at the moment fully on merit.

Of course, the main problem for rising talents like Correa is consistency, but signs are good so far. He’s also began October with a bang, giving Real Madrid the run around in the derbi and starting Argentina’s first World Cup qualifier in the position usually held by the injured Lionel Messi.

Comparisons to Agüero are unavoidable, but his technique, low centre of gravity and ability to dance around defenders are eerily remeniscent of the one-time Atleti favourite.

His performances have already set the rumour mill spinning (yes, in October), so let’s just hope he has a little more decency than El Kun and is lifting fans off their seats in the Calderón for many more years to come.

How impressed have you been with Correa so far? Should he be a fixture in the starting XI?

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    I’ve been delighted with his performances and I believe he’s earned his right to at least start the next game.
    Honestly I’ve liked what I’ve seen from all the new players thus far except Vietto, whom I’m happy got his first goal against Real but sadly now he’s injured.
    Congrats to Correa, may he continue to impress

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I agree about Correa, although he played very few minutes in September (175) but they were enough for him to win the trophy, he was the most active and most dangerous player in the team, and he scored 2 goals and made an assist in those few minutes he got .

    But I can not disagree about the fans’ choice either, Fernando Torres, who just received the award few hours ago, he is still not El Niño the whole world know, but he actually did what Correa did, scoring twice and assisting once, also in few minutes of play, 252 out of possible 540 .
    And despite being a veteran while Correa is a youngster, I actually think Torres is the one who needed that award more .

    Good luck to our girls tonight who have a very difficult task in round of 32 in UEFA Women’s Champions League, overcoming a 2-0 defeat at home against Russian side FK Zorkiy .
    It is their first participation in the competition, but I have a feeling that they will do it .

  • Correa in 5 years or less, could be one of the best, if not THE best footballer in the world. (Messi and CR7 are not getting any younger.)