Why Atlético would be wise to hold onto Forlán

The Uruguayan is a valuable member of the squad and should be retained

Forlan hasn't had the happiest of seasons  (totalfootballmadness.com)

Forlan hasn't had the happiest of seasons

Rumours have been flying around this transfer window that Atletico are looking to off load Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan. The 32-year-old appears to be out of favour following a disappointing 2010/11 season, a campaign blighted by injury and poor form. But selling him would be a mistake.

His poor form last year came as a surprise, as many expected Forlan to push on from the 2010 World Cup where he was a standout player. He scored 5 goals and won the Golden Ball for Player of the Tournament as Uruguay finished fourth. The pressure of expectation and some niggling injuries hampered his performances throughout the season.

Forlan is a player that has a wealth of experience and is a proven goal scorer. Yes, he was poor last season, managing just 10 goals, but if you think back to the three years prior, you’ll remember some magnificent performances and plenty of goals.

Before last season, Forlan had hit 86 goals in 153 games across all competitions. Compare that with Sergio Aguero over the same period (68 from 151), and you will see how valuable he is.

With a good pre-season, Forlan should be able to rediscover his top form and win back over some of the disgruntled supporters who weren’t impressed with his attitude last season.

Ensuring Forlan hits top gear is essential considering it is likely his lethal strike partner, Aguero, is set to leave. Not only will Aguero leave a big hole in the starting lineup, his departure will reduce the number of strikers in the squad to dangerous lows.

While Jose Antonio Reyes is a capable front man, he is more effective on the wings. This means that partnering Forlan up front would be Diego Costa or Borja. Borja is still only 18 and not experienced enough to be relied upon for regular goals while Diego Costa is extremely unsettled and is yet to report for pre-season training.

Forlan has publicly announced that he wants to stay, and that it is the club that is trying to move him on.

“There are rumours that the club are looking to ship me out, but I’m relaxed. I have two years left on my contract and I aim to fulfil that,” the Uruguayan said.

Galatasaray in Turkey have expressed their interest, with Forlan rumoured to be mulling over whether to accept the Turks’ deal or not. Atletico have made it clear they won’t stand in the way of the striker if he does choose to leave, as the Turkish club is willing to match the club’s €8 million valuation. Premier League side Tottenham are another club rumoured to be interested in securing his services.

Forlan’s positives far outweigh his negatives and selling him now with Aguero’s departure on the cards would be a huge mistake. A proven player of his quality is something Atletico need as they try to force their way back up the table.

  • Of course he should stay! 🙂
    I have a feeling that the next season is his! URUGUAYO!

  • Flo

    I agree, though he won’t have a proper preseason…

  • Personally,I have things with Forlan less clear that most of the fans. I understand all the positions. A great talent vs a bad year. A new coach vs some ugly gestures to the crowd…

    I also think it is healthy change of idols. Forlan gave us his best years. It may be time for other players.

    He is 32. Just one question: What happens in his head when in the first match at the Calderon people are whistling?

  • Sash

    I want him to stay if he has the right attitude and he wants to fight for the team. When he does that he’s still one of the best strikers out there. Also, if we have Borja and maybe Adrian Lopez who both are still young it would be good for them to have an experienced striker who could help them.

  • Javi

    Flo Forlán is already in preseason form, he looked great the other night with Uruguay. He will return to play a great season. We need his experience, play making and scoring ability. It is not time to dump him. He will hear Urugyayo many times this season. If we only had s good left wing to compliment him…

  • starvs

    I agree fully and have been saying this for a while. Forlan is way devalued after last season, no reason to sell him now at rock bottom. I am confident he will be back and I am blaming everything from last season on QSF, although I know that’s not exactly true.

    Forlan will def score more than 20 goals this season, you can mark that down on your little calanders.

  • starvs

    Javi, Goal.com is talking about the signign of Piatti being a potential ‘master stroke’ by Valencia. So mad.

  • javi

    Starvs, I am with you, all along the press was saying that the deal with Piatti and Atleti was done, so how did he get away from us!!!

  • SoLobo

    I am from Greece, and I haven’t see him playing… But wouldn’t Daniel Aquino be a good prospect as a left wing AND as a forward?

  • Derek Maaijen

    SoLobo, Aquino was once highly rated, but now struggles to find a place in Murcia’s team which plays in the 3rd division. He’s another talent that wasn’t able to make the final step

  • Heißenberg

    I actually read that Murcia released Aquino recently so no, I don’t think he would be good signing for us. What do you think about Pedro Leon? In my opinion he would be great addition to our team, he is a great player.

    btw, we must keep Forlan with us.

  • 7th

    I surely would accept him (pedro leon), make it happen,

    I am looking to buy both home&away jersey 2011-2012

    any good online shop website.

  • javi

    I believe Pedro Leon is a right winger, and we have that covered.

  • Chalet

    I agree with Javi that Forlán is actually playing his ‘preseason’ with Uruguay. He really looked great against Perú and he seems to be in a top-notch physical shape.
    So in my eyes age is just a number and I´m pretty much convinced that Forlán still has a few years of top-class football left in his legs.
    Hopefully his goal drought comes to an end asap.
    But Forlán´s skills have not only to do with scoring goals.
    I think that he has a lot more to offer to a team – as you colud have seen in Uruguay´s international friendly against Estonia recently where Forlán gave the assists for all 3 goals for la Celeste.

    As for the change of idols – Forlán has never been an idol for the fans as much as Agüero used to be.
    And I really think that there are a lot of fickle fans in our stands. Just think how Reyes got treated a while ago and how they insulted him. And now all of a sudden he´s everybody´s darling because he had a great season.
    And you can always win them over by having fine performances and by scoring goals.
    On the other hand Forlán is used to getting booed and whistled anyway…

    MARCA has an article today about Forlán which gives you the impression that Forlán really wants to prove something in the upcoming season whilst playing for Atléti and that he wants to silence a lot of critics…
    And I am with Starvs here who said that he is blaming everything from last season on QSF – and it seems to be exactly true!

  • Davide

    We are talking about Costa, Borja and Adrian as only options behind Cacha…

    People keep forgeting that Salvio is both a natural striker and and a natural winger, he has two positions. I think Salvio is the one to fill the shoes of Kun.

    I saw many games of him with Benfica. He has grown and become bloody briliant player. He reminds me so much of Kun.

    He is very good in front of goal and has vastly improved his decision making in Benfica. Salvio is going to be our “surprice” this year.

    Everyone seems to have forgotten about him, us fans, media and the world. Trust me, he has no pressure now and he is going to shine this year.

    Salvio is going to become our key player by oct-nov. You heard it here first!

  • javi

    Davide, I’ve always liked salvio alot, but when he plays wing he is right wing, and we need a good lefty, so now that Piatti is gone, I hope we get griezmann.

  • Chalet

    @Tom Pollock:

    Another very well written article.
    Keep them coming, mate. 🙂

  • Abdullah

    Thank you ….. I said that million time than pedro leon is the best man for us …. belive me guys

  • Guest

    Forlán had so much stacked against him this past season. Exhaustion, injury, clashes with QSF, and possibly personal issues outside of football. However, watching all of Uruguay’s friendlies and their first match against Peru, Forlán has improved. He scored in a charity match and much of Uruguay’s creative play is coming through him. He also seems happy again. Perhaps these factors will lead to positive results for Atletico.

  • Chalet


    I totally agree with you!

  • Gert

    check out Soccerbox.com
    They only have the home jersey for now but the price is rather good.

  • Tom Pollock


    Thanks again for the positive feedback.