Very rarely does a club find the answer to all of its problems in the transfer market.
Atletico Madrid’s signing of Luis Suarez, though, has gone a long way to doing just that.
Diego Simeone is welcoming one of the greatest strikers of the modern era to the club, one that’s achieved so much in a career that’s included spells at Ajax, Liverpool and Barcelona.
Suarez’s 198 goals for the Blaugrana speak for themselves and Atletico will be hoping he can bring that goalscoring touch to the Wanda Metropolitano.
After all, scoring goals was Atletico’s main problem last season, largely because of the lack of a goal threat up front.
Alvaro Morata, who has now left for Juventus, led the scoring charts with just 16 goals, ahead of Diego Costa’s six.
Suarez has scored more than their combined total of 22 in five of his last six seasons at Barcelona, reaching a high of 59 during the 2015/16 campaign.
The Uruguayan’s numbers fell to 25 goals in 2018/19 and 21 in 2019/20, but he’s suffered from fitness problems and knee injuries in that time.
In fact, during his time at the Camp Nou, Suarez never let his goals per game ratio drop under 0.5, meaning he always averaged at least a goal every two games.
This kind of scoring record is well received by Atletico, who have been searching for a regular goalscorer since Costa left the club for the first time in 2014.
Antoine Griezmann has filled much of the void in that time, but his replacement, Joao Felix, hasn’t been able to back up his numbers.
If the Portuguese starlet and Suarez can connect up front, Atletico could fulfil Saul’s ambitions of challenging in every competition this term.
Suarez has history with attacking partners, having provided Lionel Messi with 47 assists at Barcelona and scored 39 goals himself from the Argentine’s passes.
We could see our first glimpse of this exciting new attacking duo at Atletico when they face Granada on Sunday.