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Antoine Griezmann can be the jewel in Atletico Madrid's crown

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Once it became clear that Atletico Madrid would undergo it's annual transfer fire-sale, talk in La Liga soon turned to who would replace the handful of players leaving for pastures new.

The Rojiblancos have always recovered from the loss of their biggest names but this season was different. Not only would their main striker be on the move but so would his partner in crime and other first choice personnel.

To their absolute credit Atleti didn't hang around in the transfer market, and the quality of their additions no doubt contributed to persuading other members of staff to stay put.

In the face of some quite tempting offers from elsewhere, the board of the club need to be congratulated for their industry and acumen during negotiations.

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Upper hand over Real

We've already seen just how well the new signings have integrated into Diego Simeone's set-up, standing toe-to-toe once again with a strong Real Madrid side to take the Spanish Supercup on away goals.

The same opponents await them this coming weekend and we can be assured that the same level of commitment, desire and work-ethic will be on show.

None more so than from the young and exciting Frenchman Antoine Greizmann.

Signed from Real Sociedad in the summer for what will prove to be a bargain fee of £24 million, Griezmann has a more than accpetable goals-to-games ration for a second striker of one in four whilst at Sociedad, per Sky Sports.

But there is more, much more, to his game than just goals.

Adaptable

Indeed, it is his quality of movement and skill whilst in possession of the football that sets him apart from his contemporaries. Playing him in a variety of roles presents no problem with his adaptability key to any position.

At his best when hugging the touchline and then drawing the full back before moving inside to unleash a venomous drive, he's at the most dangerous when allowed to drift. When there is seemingly little to trouble the opposition defence.

Griezmann's eye for space is acute, and where there is an expanse of green to exploit you can expect to find the youngster. Driving hard into the areas where it hurts the opposition the most.

Clinical

Deceptively quick once into his stride, go in too quickly and Griezmann will bypass players as if they weren't there.

Stand off him for too long and his sharp, incisive footballing brain goes into overdrive. He is the sort of player that defenders hate to play against because he has everything in his locker.

Having recently broken into the French national side, at just 23 years of age Griezmann really does have the world at his very talented feet. And with a six year contract signed, the red and white side of the Spanish capital are destined to see the best form of Griezmann's career.

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