In his first four league games for Atleti, the Uruguayan has averaged a goal every 54 minutes. Only Radamel Falcao got anywhere near those numbers.
Luis Suárez’s signing is already paying off for Atleti. Diego Pablo Simeone urgently needed a trusted goal scorer and with the Uruguayan, he has found someone who can deliver a steady supply of them. In just four games, Suárez has shown the kind of eye for goal which hasn’t been seen at Atlético Madrid in years.
So far, he has played a total of 216 minutes over four league games in which he has scored three goals and set up another one. On average, he has participated in a goal every 54 minutes – figures that prove he has adapted perfectly to El Cholo’s style and that he hasn’t lost his knack of finding the net. And he has kept scoring in spite of having two international games with Uruguay (in which he scored three goals) on top of the fatigue which comes with long-haul flights during the break.
If we compare Luis Suárez’s start with other great Atlético forwards of recent years, only Radamel Falcao comes anywhere near him. The Colombian, scored a hat trick in his second game and two goals in his third game and gave one assist. But he was on the pitch for longer – 338 minutes. For Falcao, that’s an average of a goal every 56 minutes, slightly less than Suárez.
Antoine Griezmann, who left as the fifth top scorer of all-time at Atleti, struggled during his first games with the club – he didn’t score or even create a goal for a team mate. Something similar happened with Diego Forlán, who joined after picking up the Golden Shoe with Villarreal; he took several weeks to adapt and managed just one goal in his first four league games.
In terms of efficiency, Luis Suárez also stands out. According to LaLiga’s database, the Uruguayan has had nine shots on goal, five of them were on target. So 60% of his attempts ended in the back of the net and that is a huge bonus for Atleti who tend to generate less chances than other teams in the top flight.
Now he will be attempting to keep up his rate in the Champions League – Atleti’s European campaign begins against the defending champions Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
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