Antoine Griezmann could be forgiven for wondering if he should have joined Manchester United in the summer rather than deciding to stay with Atletico Madrid for one more season.
The Frenchman’s form has been hugely disappointing so far this term. In 13 matches in all competitions, he’s managed to score just three goals.
Griezmann has been prolific since joining Atletico from Real Sociedad back in 2014 - scoring 25 goals in his debut season, 32 goals in his second campaign at the Vicente Calderon and 26 goals last term - but for whatever reason, things just aren’t clicking at the moment.
You suspect Griezmann would have joined United in the summer had Atleti’s transfer ban not been upheld.
The 26-year-old told reporters after the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) ruling that leaving the Spanish club while the ban was in place would have been a “dirty move” - and he was commended for refusing to leave his employers in the lurch.
But has Griezmann lost some of his motivation to perform for Atletico? It’s a question the club’s fans are right to ask following the France international’s underwhelming start to the season.
Griezmann, who was subbed off by Diego Simeone in the 80th minute of Saturday’s La Liga clash against Deportivo when Atletico was chasing all three points, hasn’t scored for Atleti since the 2-1 defeat against Chelsea in the Champions League back on September 27 - a run that now stretches seven matches.
Griezmann keeps walking away from Atleti's team photos
And if one photo symbolises Griezmann’s current relationship with Atleti, it’s the team photo taken before Saturday’s match against Depor at the Riazor.
While his teammates were all facing the camera, Griezmann is seen walking away with his back turned.
The same thing happened before Celta Vigo match
Something similar happened two weeks ago before Atletico’s away match against Celta Vigo, too.
Marca explain why this keeps happening
So, why does this keep happening?
It is Griezmann’s subtle way of saying that he no longer wants to be part of Atletico? Or is there a more innocent explanation?
Well, according to Marca, they claim the anecdote is “nothing major”.
The Madrid-based newspaper suggest this is happening because Griezmann is so eager to “control the ball and score a goal” before the match kicks-off.
Fair play for having that desire but would it really hurt to stay still for a few more seconds, Antoine?
Simeone: Griezmann is 'very confused' right now
In any case, it’s clear that something isn’t quite right with Griezmann at the moment.
Simeone admitted over the weekend that his star man is currently “very confused” over his lack of goals.
"He is not in his best form,” the Argentine coach admitted, “but we must support him because the season is long and we will need him towards the end of the campaign."
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