With a transfer ban on the horizon for Atlético, and huge question marks hanging over the future of two of our strikers, the level of urgency in resolving the situation has been cranked up a notch.
Aside from Antoine Griezmann, goals are something that have been hard to come by.
Jackson Martínez isn’t performing, and has struggled to get to the sort of form he showed in his Porto days.
Fernando Torres on the other hand, still hasn’t scored since September, and remains on 99 goals for Atlético.
However there is an Atlético player who has been in free-scoring form so far this season, and he shows absolutely no sign of slowing down.
It’s just that this particular rojiblanco is not wearing red and white. He’s wearing red and blue.
Borja Bastón is having a stormer of a season for Eibar, who find themselves sat in sixth place in La Liga, just seven points off of a Champions League spot.
The striker has scored 13 goals this season for Eibar, including 12 in the league. That’s three times the amount that Jackson and Torres have offered, put together.
In fact, Borja has scored EIGHT GOALS in the time since either Torres or Jackson last got on the scoresheet.
“It’s been a great year for me, and for the team,” Borja told Deportes COPE. “I was confident and knew I could do well.”
Faith is something that the 23-year-old has in spades.
Talked about as having the same potential as a young Fernando Torres, Borja was a shining light in Atleti’s cantera, and one we all expected great things from.
On the 15th May, 2010, Borja’s big day came when he made his first-team and La Liga debut for Atlético. A dream that the youngster had ever since he joined Atlético’s youth system at the age of four.
The Spaniard’s dream quickly turned into a nightmare.
After replacing Tiago on the hour mark, Borja suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury which ended his appearance after just 21 minutes. Thus began a long road to recovery.
The winding road has taken Borja from club to club, loaned out in five consecutive seasons since. Still yet to make another appearance for Atlético, Bastón has since played for Murcia, Huesca, Deportivo, Zaragoza and now Eibar. And he’s scored goals wherever he’s gone.
With the striker on fire now at his latest club, speculation is rife on whether Borja’s future lies at the Vicente Calderón.
“Of course I want to return to Atlético,” he said, to the delight of rojiblancos everywhere.
“I am an Atlético, I’m from there and of course I want to play there. It will be difficult, but this has always been my dream.”
Borja also said that no contact has been made with the Atlético hierarchy, and his focus is solely on Eibar.
“My goal for this season is to continue as I am, and stay with Eibar. It’s what I told myself when I arrived here, but as for next year – we’ll see where I am.”
The transfer ban will prevent Atleti from spending big money in an attempt to try and fix its struggling attack.
It may also open the door to the first-team for a young star whose dream it has always been to play in the red and white of Atlético Madrid.