Oliver Torres set for breakout season at Porto

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To be nicknamed "miniesta" you have to be pretty special. In fairness to Óliver Torres, he certainly is. He has the talent to make a major impact at F.C Porto, after joining on a season-long loan from Atlético Madrid.

Given that he has only featured sparingly for Atlético Madrid, the 19-year-old attacking midfielder is yet to become a household name.

The Spaniard made his debut in 2012, against Levante, before making his Champions League bow, ironically against F.C Porto, in October 2013.

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He has represented Spain at under-18 level through to the under-21's, for whom he has scored twice in seven appearances.

Who is Óliver Torres?

Despite being highly rated by Diego Simeone and the coaching staff at the Vincente Calderón, Óliver was loaned out to Villarreal in January, making nine appearances as El Submarino Amarillo finished a respectable sixth place in La Liga.

His vision, technical ability and tactical awareness set him apart from other youngsters in La Liga, and ensure he always looks effortless when controlling the game. 

Comparisons are negligible given the complex nature of football, but Óliver is a similar player to Marco Verratti, due to his ability to both pass and dribble his way out of trouble.

What does next season hold?

With Koke, Gabi, Arda Turan and Raúl García amongst the players fighting for a midfield slot in Simeone's side, competition is currently tough at Atléti. Therefore, the decision has been taken to loan Óliver to F.C Porto for the 2015/16 campaign as the Dragões look to improve on a disappointing 3rd place finish in the Primeira Liga.

The Portuguese league is conducive to Óliver's fluid playing style, whilst regular Champions League matches will improve his development at the top level.

Getting into the Porto side won't be easy however, with his main rival for the number ten role, Colombian Juan Quintero, a similarly highly rated youngster.

Óliver is a better passer than Quintero, but the 21-year-old former Pescara player is a very creative left-footed dribbler, and a World Cup goalscorer. 

Will he return to Atlético?

Óliver will almost certainly return to Atlético Madrid the following season. Loan moves are often the first stage in a transfer, as is the case with new team-mates and fellow La Liga departees Cristian Tello and Casemiro, however this isn't the case with Óliver.

Atlético have been precise in choosing Porto, believing that the competition for places will make him a better player, and ensure he returns to Atléti with the desire to succeed in a competitive squad.

There has been no talk of a future-fee, so Atlético seemingly view Óliver's future in Spain.

Porto supporters won't settle for another third place finish, but in Óliver, they have a player who can thrive under the pressure.

Majestically talented, a lack of first-team football is the only thing holding his career back, but hopefully, under his former Spain under-21 coach Juan Lopetegui, he can start contributing on a regular basis. 

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