A 20-minute brace on his debut, a first away goal against Celta Vigo at the Estadio de Balaidos, and a strike to seal the victory over Real Betis mean that Luis Suarez is in contention for the Pichichi Trophy, leading on four goals alongside Villarreal’s Paco Alcacer and Barcelona’s Ansu Fati.
Atletico Madrid haven’t had a Pichichi in their ranks since Diego Forlan in 2008/09, when he scored 32 goals in 33 games. Few men have enjoyed a better start to a season in red and white; only Pruden who scored 10 in five games in 1940/41 and Adrian Escudero (1948/49 and 1955/56), Francisco Molina (1955/56), Luis Marin (1959/60) and Falcao (2012/13), who scored seven, can beat him.
At this stage of the season, his former Uruguay team-mate Forlan had scored only twice, giving Suarez an impressive lead on his numbers with plenty of games left to play. In six seasons with Barcelona, he never managed to score more goals in his first five games of the season either, only matching it in 2016/17 with four. Even when he won the Pichichi award in 2015/16, incredibly outscoring both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, he did not enjoy such a fine start, notching just three.
Of course, with a disrupted pre-season in an already unusual summer, many expected that it may take some time for Suarez to get up to speed and peak fitness, though even before getting there, he is making an impact. Suarez has become one of the first names on Diego Simeone’s team sheet, despite his lack of match fitness early on, partnering the likes of Joao Felix, Diego Costa and Marcos Llorente in attack.
The number of options and strength in depth have both been key to Atletico Madrid taking their unbeaten run in LaLiga Santander to 21 games, a new club record beating the two joint previous records, also set by Simeone.
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