Atletico Madrid‘s long-time serving forward Diego Costa has terminated his contract with the club recently. As a result, Atletico was hunting for his replacement. Players like Alexander Milik of Napoli, Moussa Dembele of Lyon were on their list. Finally, the Frenchman has won the race for the spot in Simeone’s team. The club has confirmed that “Moussa Dembele to Atletico Madrid” on their official website as well as on social media.
Moussa Dembele to Atletico Madrid: Contract details
Dembele will join Atletico Madrid on a loan deal of 1.5 million for an initial 6-month period. Simeone is very much hopeful regarding the Frenchman. Islam Silmani will join Lyon as a replacement of Dembele.
Moussa Dembele: Career at a glance
Moussa Dembele started his career at Fulham FC. Though Dembele played very few matches for Fulham, His move from Paris St. Germain brought him a lot of experience in youth football. He played a total of 64 matches for Fulham and scored 19 Goals, and provided 9 assists.
Dembele joined Celtic on 2016/17 from Fulham on a free transfer. He made a great impact in Glasgow. Moussa Dembele became one of the best strikers of that time. He won 3 straight Scottish Premierships, 3 League Cups and 2 Scottish Cups for Celtic. He played a total of 94 matches for Celtic, scored 51 times and provided 18 assists. He attracted the attention of many big clubs by his style of play at that moment.
In the season of 2018/19, Dembele left Celtic to join Lyon for about 20 million pounds. Dembele became the main forward at Lyon. Dembele was a big-game player for the French club. His biggest performance was against Manchester City in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League Quarter Final. He came as a substitute and scored a brace to secure the win for Lyon in the semi-finals. The current season is not going well for him as he has just scored a single goal in his 16 league appearances for Lyon.
“It was a disappointment for Moussa not to start, but I told him, he was going to be very important when entering. Salvation came from the bench. He was amazing. It was unbelievable.”–Rudi Garcia, Lyon Manager on his performance against City
Dembele to Atletico Madrid: What he can offer for the team?
Despite Diego Simeone’s buy, It is tough to say that he is going to be a regular starter. Simeone mainly plays a 4-4-2 Wide system with a second striker along with a Target Man. Dembele cannot fulfil the role of a second-striker well, as he is mainly a goal-poacher. So, He is not going to replace Joao Felix. It can be said that Dembele will be used as a back-up striker to Luis Suarez who joined the club from Barcelona in the last summer transfer window. Suarez is currently the main forward of Atletico, as long as there aren’t any injury problems. So, Simeone needs a striker like Dembele who is a very good option and can easily be a starter against big teams.
Moussa Dembele was scouted by giants like Manchester United and Chelsea. It proves that he has that potential to be very good. Currently, He is not available due to an injury. But, Atletico fans can expect Dembele to prove his calibre, whenever he will be given a chance and will challenge Luis Suarez for the starting position.
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