France boss Didier Deschamps has backed Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann to bounce back after a poor run of form.
Rewind back to the summer and the long talked about return of Diego Costa was the main talking point around the Wanda Metropolitano but in the background remained little whispers on the future of French international Griezmann.
La Liga duo Barcelona and Real Madrid made tentative contact over a potential move, whilst Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea were also linked.
The former have been keen on bringing the former Real Sociedad man to Old Trafford for sometime with boss Jose Mourinho a big admirer, whilst Stamford Bridge officials are also keen, having lost Costa in that aforementioned transfer.
Fast forward to now, November 6th and Griezmann is experiencing his worst form in an Atleti shirt and perhaps in La Liga since his arrival back in 2005.
The 26-year-old has not scored for Diego Simeone’s side since the 27th of September when he netted against Chelsea in the Champions League, whilst his last league goal came four days previous against Sevilla.
Reflecting on those figures, it is fair to elaborate on Atleti’s form, picking on the fact they have drawn five of their last seven games.
Currently on international duty with the French national side, his coach Deschamps has reacted to critique and backed him to come back good.
“Antoine is still Antoine, he has the same quality as he always has,” Deschamps told a press conference.
“Maybe at the moment he is not performing to his usual high standards but I am not worried at all, and all form is relative.
“It has to be viewed alongside how the team is playing and Atletico Madrid have not been convincing in many matches this season.”
But question marks are now hanging over Griezmann’s future and the pending arrival of Costa, whose physical and dynamic approach will change the Atleti style and line-up, if only slightly.
A dip in form for the Frenchman is similar to that of Barcelona’s Luis Suarez and Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo, making it less familiar with watching La Liga fans.
Chelsea and Man United, however, will be fully aware of the situation and it is understood club president Enrique Cerezo is considering cashing on, much like they did with Sergio Aguero back in 2011.
Whilst a move next summer looks more likely, it is expected that a number of big transfers will happen in January.