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Atletico Madrid and Alexandre Lacazette would be a match made in heaven

Strong rumors have emerged that Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette is set to join Atletico Madrid in the summer and they have been fueled by Lyon President Jean-Michele Aulas’ comments that the 25 year old striker has a verbal agreement in place to join the Spanish club once their transfer ban has been lifted by CAS.

The player had told the press that the time is right for him to move elsewhere but will reveal his destination in a few months time, also revealing that he had spoken to Atleti and his desire to play alongside compatriot Antoine Griezmann as well.

For the last few years, the Frenchman has been the name on everyone’s lips for his goal scoring prowess for the Ligue 1 outfit but the questions that everyone has been a asking in the past few weeks is- can Lacazette replicate his goal scoring feats at a bigger league and a bigger club and finally become a world beater in that position? Can he finally be that out and out goal getter that Atleti have been crying out for since the departure of Diego Costa?

Well I think that he can and he would finally solve Atleti’s striker problems that have been the cause for their inability to compete for the La Liga and win the Champions League, as Diego Simeone’s team have one of the meanest defenses in the continent but lack that cutting edge up front to win them enough games, as opponents have figured them out, and always seem to know that the only way to blunt Atleti’s attack is by keeping Antoine Griezmann quiet. The diminutive Frenchman is not an out and out striker and although his goal scoring record is pretty decent for a player who mostly plays out wide or behind the main striker, he has been isolated by opponents many a time this season hence making it easy to defend against the 2014 Spanish champions.

Alexander Lacazette is definitely what Atleti needs up front as according to WhoScored.com, the Frenchman is a strong finisher, which is highlighted by his 28 goals in Ligue un, is an excellent dribbler as highlighted by his 1.8 dribbles per game on average , loves to hold the ball up and invite his teammates to play off him, is an excellent passer of the ball as he averages 1.5 key passes per game and is loves to shoot from distance which is highlighted by his 2.7 shots per game average. He is also lightning quick which would suit Diego Simeone’s rapier like counter attacking style and is a hardworking player off the ball highlighted by his average of 1.2 tackles per game- a decent statistic for a striker.

If the above stats are anything to go by, then the 25 year old is definitely ready for that step up, and has the ingredients to be that top class center forward that the Rojiblancos have lacked since Diego Costa moved to premier league champions Chelsea, and if he does move to the Spanish capital and replicate those numbers, then expect Atleti to return to the summit of Spanish football and finally bring the European cup to the red, white and half of Madrid very soon.

Written By: Webster Evans Mwangi