Oliver Torres has decided that his immediate future lies away from Atlético Madrid, if you believe everything you read in AS.
Although sometimes not the best source of news, it wouldn’t surprise me to hear that Óliver Torres wants to spend the second half of this season playing somewhere other than Atlético.
‘Want’ is probably the wrong word to use – the youngster’s decision is no doubt out of necessity. The 21-year-old wants to play, and after starring in Porto’s charge to the Champions League quarter-finals last season, it’s no surprise that the Spaniard wants to again taste the feeling of starting regularly.
And it’s not been happening at Atlético.
The darling of Atlético fans has just eight starts in the league for Diego Simeone this season, and the youngster would have known he was facing a race against time to cement his place in the Atleti XI, with the arrival of Kranevitter this winter giving more competition for places in the rojiblanco midfield.
The injury to Tiago forced Diego Simeone to pick up Augusto Fernández from Celta, and Thomas Partey’s explosion into the scene will not have done wonders for Óliver’s chances. All of this without even mentioning Yannick Carrasco.
We love to see our canteranos doing well. It gives us nothing but joy to see Koke and Saúl fulfilling their promise. Seeing Óliver struggle will cause heartbreak amongst rojiblanco fans. Óli was the one that we all wanted to succeed.
Do you think Óli’s time to impress is up? Should we keep him as backup in case the unthinkable happens again to any of our starters?
Or let’s really shape the discussion – where is a good landing spot for the youngster?