Premier League's top five former Atletico Madrid strikers

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In light of Atletico Madrid's Jackson Martinez being the latest player linked with a move to the Premier League, it may be worthwhile seeing how other former Atletico strikers have managed in England. There's certainly been a few to compare.

There must be something in the water at Atletico that makes the strikers drawn to the Premier League's cold Tuesday nights and busy Christmas schedules. There have been five former Atletico strikers who have graced the Premier League with their skill and technique, but which one is the best?

5 - Diego Forlan

Diego Forlan will be remembered as a great striker, but that will be in spite of his time at Manchester United, not because of it. Forlan managed 17 goals in 63 games at Old Trafford - not quite the return Sir Alex Ferguson would have been hoping for when he snatched the Uruguayan from Middlesbrough's grasp.


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Who knows how things would have panned out for Forlan should he have persevered with the move to Teeside, he may have become a Premier League goal-scoring legend. But after winning the Pichichi twice in La Liga (Golden Boot), he can't begrudge the career he had too much.

4 - Falcao

Much like Diego Forlan, Falcao may be wishing that he never made the trip to England. His time in the Premier League has had the occasional high among a valley of lows; the saddest part is the future doesn't look too much brighter for Falcao.

Instead of giving him a chance in the team, Chelsea are reportedly chasing several strikers in January to replace Falcao. Not the kind of faith you want from your club.

3 - Diego Costa

The notion of dropping Falcao for Diego Costa would have seemed absolutely ludicrous four years ago, but if there's one thing this season has taught us, it's that the unexpected is to be expected in football.

Since his arrival in the summer of 2014, Diego Costa has deservedly been Chelsea's number one striker, scoring 26 goals in 42 appearances so far for the Blues. If there is to be one criticism of Costa, it's his style of play; he has often been maligned this season for looking more interested in starting a fight as opposed to playing a football match. If he can curb that aggression, imagine how good he could become.

2 - Fernando Torres

It's easy to forget after his Chelsea nightmare, but before his move from Liverpool, Fernando Torres was regarded as one of the greatest strikers in world football. His electrifying pace and finishing enabled him to score 65 goals in four seasons at Liverpool - a remarkably impressive record considering how much time he spent on the injury table.

The Spanish international was loved at Liverpool and it's easy to imagine that Torres regrets the day he decided to move to Chelsea. Instead of being remembered for terrorising every defence he played against, Torres will more than likely be remembered for that miss at Old Trafford. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, eh Fernando.

1 - Sergio Aguero

If Sergio Aguero maintains his stunning form, he could go down in history as one of the Premier League's greatest ever marksmen. He possesses everything you could want from a top class striker: his blistering pace, finishing ability and movement make him the standout attacker in the league.

In just four years at Manchester City he has 85 goals in 131 appearances, but that doesn't even begin to describe the effect he has on the team. His speed and agility enable City to move the ball quicker and sharper, creating space for the likes of David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne to roam. Without him, City look nowhere near as dangerous.

It would take some achievement for Aguero to usurp Alan Shearer at the top of goal-scoring charts, but for the Argentine, it's quality not quantity. No amount of goals will be able to replace the euphoria Aguero created when he scored that goal against QPR - the most important goal in Premier League history.

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