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?