Atletico’s Luciano Vietto joins Valencia on loanJanuary 4, 2018
Luciano Vietto has joined Valencia on loan for the rest of the season, after struggling to get game-time at Atletico Madrid, as reported by ESPN.
The striker will be reunited with former Villarreal manager Marcelino, who helped the Argentine during his first year in Spain, with Los Che having an option to buy at the end of the campaign.
While Valencia have been one of the teams of the season so far in La Liga, currently sitting third, ahead of reigning champions Real Madrid, they have relied heavily on Simone Zaza and Rodrigo up front with few options to rotate.
Struggled at Atleti
Vietto enjoyed a whirlwind first season in Spain, joining Villarreal from Racing Club in his home country for under £5m in 2014, and scored 20 goals in all competitions in his debut year.
This earned the 24-year-old a move to Atletico Madrid, with the Yellow Submarine almost quadrupling their initial investment.
However, the Argentine has failed to make an impact, netting just once in La Liga in his first 12 months in the Spanish capital.
The striker was sent on loan to Sevilla for the 2016/17 season, scoring 10 times in all competitions, but upon returning to Atleti this year, he has only managed six league appearances, sitting below Antoine Griezmann, Kevin Gamiero, Fernando Torres and now Diego Costa in the pecking order.
The move represents a good piece of business for Valencia, similar to the loan deal for Zaza last January that also included an option to buy at the end of the season.
Vietto will be reunited with a manager that knows how to get him ticking again, while Los Che have a striker who has the talent but lacks confidence and minutes.
While Zaza and Rodrigo have helped push Valencia into the Champions League places, along with back-up attacker Santi Mina, the squad will need rotating as matches become more frequent and players start to tire after a long season. That is where Vietto will look to strike and regain his past form.