Atletico Madrid went thru a torrid time in 2000. Once considered inter-city rivals with Real Madrid, the nine times Spanish champions drop down to the second division for the first time since 1934, spending 2 season before achieving promotion back to the top flight. As recently as 1996 Atletico were league champions, winning the double under coach Radomir Antic that same season.
In that awful 2000 season a bright spot shown, they called him El Nino (the kid) as he was Atletico’s youngest ever player, goalscorer and eventually became Spain’s youngest ever international. Torres was given the team captaincy at the age of just 19 and today, at 21, he’s clearly Spain’s hottest prospect.
He’s an extremely pacey player, very direct, with a nose for goal. Torres is also strong in the air and possesses all the classic qualities cherished by Premiership managers. In addition he’s 2 footed and moves brilliantly without the ball, something Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger cherishes.
Just before the transfer deadline Atletico rejected Newcastle’s 25m pound plus bid for the player, but it’s just a matter of time before someone swoops him up. It wouldn’t surprise me if it were at Arsenal, as Torres plays alongside Jose Reyes for Spain; Reyes has also recommended the player to Wenger.