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Manchester United splashing out £36 million on Anthony Martial shows the lack of top-drawer strikers currently plying their trade in Europe, but why the shortage? Well, one theory is that all the good strikers play for Atletico Madrid. 

That may be slightly tongue in cheek, yet the point is still a valid one: while Manchester United have only Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial, (and James Wilson I suppose) Atletico Madrid have four top-class strikers at their disposal. But, seeing as Diego Simeone only ever seems to play with two, who makes the cut?

Antoine Griezmann

For many at the Vicente Calderon, when it comes to the starting strikers, it's Griezmann plus one. The Frenchman has excelled since his move from Real Sociedad, surprising even his most ardent supporters with the regularity of which he scores and assists.

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His pace and movement alongside superb technical ability make him one of Europe's leading marksmen, as well as an outside bet to start for France when they host next year's Euros. Griezmann starts almost every game for Simeone, which means that the rest of them are vying for just one spot.

Fernando Torres

Torres is back - both literally and metaphorically. He is physically back at his boyhood club, the place where he made a name for himself. He is also back in terms of his form, he's bagged two goals and two assists this season from four starts, a vast improvement from his Chelsea form.

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Most importantly for someone like Torres, he seems to have found his pace again. Many who've watched the ex-Liverpool striker play this season have commented on his sharpness; he demonstrated it to devastating effect when he coolly slotted past Ter Stegen in the Barca goal. If he continues that form, he'll be a guaranteed starter alongside Griezmann.

Jackson Martinez

The goals haven't flowed exactly how the Colombian would have hoped after his move from Porto. He's only scored once this season during an impressive 3-0 away win at Sevilla. For one reason or another he hasn't been given a consistent run in the team since then, cynics would suggest that Simeone is yet to fully trust him.

In fairness to Simeone, it's no real surprise that Martinez has often been used as a sub. Martinez hasn't quite adapted to the tactical shrewdness of La Liga; more often than not he's the culprit in a broken down passing move. Simeone and Atletico supporters will be looking for drastic improvement from the ex-Porto man.

Vietto

Vietto lit up La Liga for Villarreal last season; his goals, skill and flair made him one of the league's most exciting and promising players. Much like Martinez though, he's struggled to make the transition.

His lack of adaptation is more of a surprise for Martinez considering he's already played in Spain, maybe the pressures of playing for a side challenging for the title is proving too much. After his displays for Villarreal last season, however, Vietto is surely worth being given a bit more time.

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