Player Of The Month – October

Belgian starlet's flying performances earn monthly best player award

Carrasco celebrates his goal against Valencia

Carrasco celebrates his goal against Valencia

Atlético Madrid’s lack of goals and firepower in attack has been well documented in recent weeks, but they remain in touching distance at the top of La Liga going into the International break.

The rojiblancos got lucky on Sunday, but are now unbeaten in seven and have the best defensive record in Spain. However, the main positive may well be the emergence of our October Player of the Month.

Yannick Carrasco arrived from Monaco in July as a replacement for Arda Turan, but after failing to nail down a starting place during the first few weeks of the season, not many would have expected him to become such an important player already at the Calderón.

Since coming on to help salvage a point in the derby against Real Madrid in the first game of the month, the 22 year-old has seen his stock sky-rocket, and is probably our main outlet and threat in the final third at the moment.

The Belgian international opened his account for Atleti three weeks ago at Real Sociedad, coming off the bench to seal the points late on in a 2-0 win.

He was also then our stand out performer in home wins against Astana and Valencia, scoring a memorable goal in the latter that turned out to be the winner.

The month ended with a disappointing draw away at Deportivo, where Carrasco was again our Man of the Match for the fourth game from five in October. Cholo surprisingly opted to withdraw him after an hour with Atleti 1-0 up, but a late goal from Lucas Pérez denied us all three points.

Fans have already taken the €20m summer signing to their hearts, and voiced their displeasure when he was substituted in the weekend win over Sporting whilst the team were in need of a goal.

That was in stark contrast to the Valencia match, where he received an adoring reception usually only reserved for Fernando Torres for his performance.

Like Arda, he is capable on either side of midfield and links up well with the full-backs. He is also probably our only attacking player able to carry the ball, and looks to have more pace and end product than the Turkish former favourite. Plus, at his age there is still plenty of room to improve.

Special mention has to go to Tiago, who continues to excel in midfield despite being in the Autumn of his career, and Jan Oblak, now stating a serious case to be considered amongst the world’s elite goalkeepers.

Few will begrudge Carrasco the award though given his rapid rise, which saw him earn a recall to the Belgian national team earlier this month. Long may his rampant run of form continue.

How impressed have you been so far with Carrasco? Has he helped soften the blow of Arda’s departure?

  • Paweł Kosiński

    Predictable, this, and fully deserved.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Carrasco made the choice very easy this month, although Oblak & Tiago were terrific as well, I’m so happy for those two, the first was unfairly benched most of last season, and the second was called old and many people wanted him out, if it’s up to me, I would offer him a new contract next summer, with a salary of a 25-year-old star .

    Another special mention to Borja Baston, who doesn’t play with us this season but could comeback very soon if he kept doing what he is doing .
    He was named player of the month of October by La Liga, and he plays for Eibar, probably the smallest club in Primera .
    Personally, I see no problem of selling Jackson at the end of the season if he kept struggling, he will be almost 30 and it will be our last chance to get some of our 35 million back .

    If Jackson couldn’t fit to our system and failed to score an amount of goals as impressive as his cost, I would sell him, keep Vietto, give our boy Torres a new contract and bring back our other boy Borja .

  • aileen

    Agree, Oblak and Tiago were really brillant

  • Usavicente Calderon

    Some may question the Torres decision, but El Nino knows that being a sub is where he is now as a player. He might as well play in his home stadium and city, and play with passion and desire whenever he gets on the pitch.

    I agree with you decision on Jackson. He still looks lost on the field. The defenders seem to understand what is going on better than him. I am really disappointed, but still hopeful. He played a better first half against Gijon.

  • Usavicente Calderon

    I was excited when we bought him and he is doing everything I was expecting. The surprise is I wasn’t expecting anything from him until after the winter break. Glad I was wrong about that! Oblak has to be a VERY close 2nd. Because of him, we tied and won a could of games so far. He is a mad man between the sticks. Pure world class.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    He has no problem of being a sub as you said, he still can score and assist, they are not too much, but they are very effective, without his goals last season we would have finished 5th in La Liga and probably wouldn’t have knocked Real Madrid out of the Cup .
    He scores in big games, he scored 8 goals since he came back, half of them were against Real & Barca, while Griezmann -for example- has only one goal, not just against the “big two”, but against all the five of the top six, Real, Barca, Valencia, Sevilla & Villarreal .

    But maybe more important than all of this is that he helps us financially, he is one of the biggest images of the club, he sells shirts, he sells tickets, he brings TV viewers and he brings us followers on social media, which makes our commercial deals higher .

    It is the wise move to keep him .

  • Hannu

    Glad you mentioned Borja! I think exactly same way about that situation.

  • Urban

    I wish all the monthly awards were as deserved as this one.

  • Ringo

    I wish the monthly awards were a luxury problem with 15ish players to choose from and never being satisfied because there would always be one player who did something else better.