In England clubs were spending big on the last day of the transfer window, but in Spain only six transfers were made.
Although there were rumours of late offers totalling up to €109m, Atlético had it’s business done long before deadline day.
In January six changes were made to our first team, with four players leaving and two coming in.
Atlético have been in a process of trimming down the squad to cut the salary costs for years now and Juanito and Simão were the next victims, which was to be expected given their age and wages.
The winger’s departure was a heavily criticised one though, as Atlético apparently did not receive a transfer fee for the man who had until then played the most minutes this season. Meanwhile Simão has continued his good form at Besiktas where he’s already scored two goals in two appearances.
Getting rid of Juanito was an entirely different story, as the veteran centre back didn’t feature in our plans. His contract was rescinded and Juanito has joined Valladolid on a free transfer.
The departures of Asenjo and Camacho won’t be felt in the Vicente Calderón either, as neither played any role for us this season. Camacho did feature in the early Copa del Rey games, but his place has been taken by Koke who seems ready to step up.
The two former Spanish youth internationals have both earned a position in Málaga’s starting XI. Goalkeeper Asenjo will return to Atlético in the summer, but Nacho was sold for €1.5m.
Although three of these four players hardly featured for us this season, their departures have left Atlético with the smallest selection in la Liga. To make up for the losses, mainly Simão’s, the club signed two replacements.
To complicate things Quique Sánchez Flores has stuck him on the left wing, where Elias has struggled to make an impact. The 25-year-old prefers a more central role. The jury is still out on the Brazilian, who recently received another call up for his national team.
Our other January signing is Juanfran, who came over from Osasuna. The Rojillos knew very well that Atlético desperately wanted the winger and held out for €4.3m, which could even be increased by another half million if certain incentives are met.
So far Juanfran hasn’t featured much as our coach seems to prefer José Antonio Reyes on the right, still leaving us without a winger on the left side.
The two new players should be given the time to settle, but considering our recent performances and results it seems the six changes haven’t helped much.
Which begs the question, are you satisfied with Atlético’s transfer dealings this past month?