Antoine Griezmann must be asking himself if opting to stay with Atletico Madrid for one more season back in the summer was, in fact, a huge mistake.
The French forward has scored just three goals in 13 appearances this season for Atletico, who sit fourth in the La Liga table following their 0-0 draw against local rivals Real Madrid on Saturday night.
Diego Simeone’s side, who swapped the Vicente Calderon for their new multi-million euro Wanda Metropolitano stadium at the start of the season, already find themselves 10 points behind league-leaders Barcelona.
Griezmann had the opportunity to join Manchester United in the summer and, by all accounts, had his heart set on joining the Red Devils.
However, to his credit, he decided to stay with Atleti after his employers failed to get their transfer ban overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Griezmann's form has been dismal this season
But is Griezmann’s heart still with Atletico?
The 26-year-old has scored just three times in 13 appearances this season, with his previous goal coming against Chelsea in the Champions League back in September.
Following the stalemate against Los Blancos, the out-of-sorts Griezmann has now gone eight matches without a goal for Los Colchoneros.
Video: Griezmann whistled by Atleti fans v Real Madrid
His decision to stay with Atleti after their transfer ban was upheld has now been forgotten, it seems, by many of the club’s frustrated supporters.
Many Atletico fans are fed up with Griezmann’s lacklustre performances and made their feelings crystal clear when he was subbed off for Fernando Torres against Madrid in the 76th minute.
Griezmann was whistled by the fans, who then cheered Torres when he entered the fray.
Watch the footage here...
Nobody could have envisaged the Atleti fans jeering their star man at the beginning of the season.
Simeone defends Griezmann after the jeers from Atleti fans
Reacting to the whistles from the home fans, Simeone told reporters - per Sky Sports - after the match: "Griezmann is still one of the family and I defend my family to the death.
"Every single player needs to deliver, as you can't win a game with just a few footballers."
But did Griezmann deserve to be whistled following this performance?
“On the pitch in name only,” ESPN’s Joseph Walker wrote. “Admittedly isolated, but where was the work ethic and the dropping deep to get involved? The fact he was hooked with 15 to go speaks almost as many volumes as the pockets of whistles towards him. Is stinking the place out and the summer transfer saga continues to hover over him.”
Video: Griezmann's 'highlights' v Real Madrid
A video of Griezmann’s highlights from the match has emerged and you can decide for yourselves whether or not that assessment is fair or harsh…
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