Antoine Griezmann should have met Barcelona hosts Atletico Madrid and his old club once again in La Liga on Saturday.
Griezmann left Athletic at Camp Nou during the second most expensive transfer of the previous season, his € 120 million move being taken only by Joao Felix, the man he bought to replace.
Neither player was able to properly enjoy the great winning season, which is a problem for hitting the top 10 most expensive transfers of 2019.
We’ve kept an eye on each of those players and whether their marks have been hit or missed so far …
Joao Felix: Benfica at Atletico Madrid (6 126 million)
With Atletico fans aiming for pre-season victories over Benfica and Portugal’s golden boys Juventus and Real Madrid, Griezmann’s next answer was brilliant.
However, after scoring just six goals in 26 appearances, doubts are growing as to whether the 20-year-old forward will really fit into Diego Simeone’s system.
9 – Joao Felix has scored nine shots against Villarreal, more than any other Atletico player without a score. # La Liga Play away from home since at least the 2003/2004 season. Stupid#LaLigaSantander #Atleti #AtleticoMadrid pic.twitter.com/uB8gvtRJ7q
– Optazos (ট Optazos) December 6, 2019
Antoine Griezmann: Atletico Madrid to Barcelona (€ 120m)
Griezmann promised to stay at Atletico in 2018 just to change his mind a year later, and his performance as a Bar্সa player is with someone who doesn’t feel very comfortable around him.
In this league (eight goals and four assists) only Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have done better than their goals for Blaugrana, although he is second only to Messi in terms of chances made, but fans have more expectations from the club’s latest mega-money forward.
– Optazos (ট Optazos) November 9, 2019
Eden Hazard: Chelsea to Real Madrid (100m)
Chelsea fans feared the worst when their star man was lost during the transfer ban, but things did not swim out for Hazard at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Injury problems have limited him to just nine starts and loneliness goals and aided LaLiga. He has created just 14 chances, as have James Rodriguez (who has just started four league games) and Lucas Vazquez (who has started six).
138 – Eden Hazard completed 138 dribbles in the Premier League last season (138/224), more than any other player in the competition. Magic. pic.twitter.com/FGEHutUk06
– Optazos (ট Optazos) August 2, 2019
Harry Maguire: From Leicester City to Manchester United (€ 87m)
The world’s most expensive central defender may not be considered the best in the world, but Ole Gunnar should not shy away from his influence in favor of Solskire.
He has won doubles among United defenders in the Premier League this season, winning aerial duels, intercepting and assisting in eight clean sheets. Oh, and he has already been made the captain of the club.
4 – Harry Maguire has scored four goals from outside the box in his club career, all of which came in various competitions (FA Cup, Premier League, League One and EFL Trophy). Leather. pic.twitter.com/4RtFaMv7mq
– Optazo (optajo) January 26, 2020
Mathieu de Liga: Ajax to Juventus (85 85)
The most attractive center of the window after Ajax’s extraordinary Champions League run, De Ligt gave his Juventus debut in a terrific 4-3 win over Napoli.
He has won for the second time in most areas and has the pass success rate of any Juve defender who has been in Serie A more than five times in this position but there are already doubts about his long-term suitability for Maurizio Serie.
4 – Mathijs de Ligat, the fourth teenager to score in a Champions League semi-final, after Nordin Waiter (1996, Ajax), Obafemi Martins (2003, Inter Milan) and Kylian Mbappe (2017, Monaco). Colossus. #AJATOT pic.twitter.com/FleS9Iq1zQ
– Optazo (optajo) May 8, 2019
Lucas Hernandez: Atletico Madrid to Bayern Munich (€ 80m)
Bayern broke their transfer record to sign defender Hernandez, but it has been difficult to determine whether the injuries will prove to be costly.
He was held for about four months after suffering a serious ankle injury in September, meaning he started just nine games in all competitions for the Bundesliga champions.
17 – Lucas Hernandez wins 17 doubles FCBayern In December 2016 (at 0-1) #UCL Group stage), more than any other singles game in all competitions so far in his career. Sequential pic.twitter.com/aRcublhICU
– Optazos (ট Optazos) December 27, 2018
Nicholas Pip: Arsenal’s Lily (m 80m)
Pep was one of the few issues in charge of Unai Emery’s troubled final few weeks as he struggled to find form for the songs.
He has certainly shown signs of improvement in 2020 – only Mesut Ozil (36) has created more chances in the league for Arsenal than Pepe (34) – but fans are more optimistic than their record signing.
50 – Nicolas Pepe becomes the first player to successfully dribble from New York to Michael Marino in the last 50 appearances of a Dutch defender in the Premier League. Beaten. pic.twitter.com/B1oRZMciOB
– Optazo (optajo) August 24, 2019
Frankie de Jong: Ajax near Barcelona (75 million)
Another Ajax star who was attracted to clubs across Europe last year, De Jong was in favor of Bar্সa and immediately became a regular in midfield.
He did not fit in much with life in La Liga – the departure of Ernesto Valvard and the arrival of coach Setienne as coach did not do him any good – however, as a lost heart of Bar বারa in the turbulent times of the club, he looks like a safe bet for a few years. Made more chances than a midfielder (24) and only Sergio Busquets made a comeback. There is arrested and barriers.
.93.9% – In contrast to Athletic in his La Liga debut, Frenchman de Jong finished .93.9% (/ 2/6666) of his pass, which is the best password accuracy of any player. Calm down. pic.twitter.com/uTvZFk4Gy3
– Optazos (ট Optazos) August 20, 2019
Rodri: From Atletico Madrid to Manchester City (€ 70m)
Manchester City’s record signing midfield-anchor Supreme Fernandinho has proved a business’s smart bit by spending most of his defense this season.
Radri has attempted more passes (1,996) than any other City midfielder in 2019-20, recording passing accuracy (92 percent) and recording more recovery (181). He sees too much at home in Pep Guardiola’s system.
178/188 – Rodriguez attempted 188 passes against Tonight vs. West Ham, finishing 178 of them – both Premier League records since the start of detailed collection in 2003-04. The entire West Ham team has 169 passes. Orchestrator. pic.twitter.com/3VL1fCpaLN
– Optazo (optajo) February 19, 2020
Romelu Lukaku: Manchester United to Inter (65 million)
The move by Lukaku Inter seems to be a rarity in modern-day transfers: it is an agreement that has worked effectively for all concerned.
United’s attack is taking on a more fluid shape with Soulskazar, finally trying to bring Antonio Conti ahead of Juventus and Chelsea, and Lukaku has scored 17 goals and two assists in Serie A in the form of his career. Terrible partnership with Lautaro Martinez.
– Optapolo (@Optapaolo) March 4, 2020