Argentine forward Eduardo Salvio, who was loaned out by Atlético to Benfica this summer, has spent most of the initial stage of the Portuguese season parked on the bench.
AS reports that if either Diego Godín or Kun Agüero acquires a Spanish passport before the winter transfer period, Salvio could make an early return to Madrid.
The purpose of Toto’s temporary transfer was for him to develop and gain experience at a competitive level while Atlético sorted out its non-EU problem.
He competed for the last available non-EU spot with striker Diego Costa in the pre-season, and the Brazilian was ultimately the one chosen by Quique Sánchez Flores to remain with the team.
Salvio has featured in only four encounters to date at Benfica, three of them in the Portuguese Liga and one of them in Champions League play for a meager total of 107 minutes.
Of Atleti’s eight loaned out players, only Leandro Cabrera – who has made just one appearance for Recreativo – has seen less action than Eduardo.
The 20-year old reportedly faces stiff competition from regular starters Carlos Martins, Óscar Cardozo, and Javier Saviola, all of whom have the full support of manager Jorge Jesus, and this has dampened our young striker’s chances of playing.
We are clearly in dire need of depth up front and on the wings, so a Salvio return will likely be a welcomed move by Rojiblanco supporters. It’s unfortunate that the former Lanus man was unable to earn an important role in Lisbon, but his situation could prove to be a blessing in disguise for us.