Luis Suarez is expecting a big season from strike partner Joao Felix, who he believes will be a “match-winner” for Atletico Madrid with the help of his team-mates.
Suarez joined Atleti from Barcelona at the start of the campaign, joining Diego Costa and Joao Felix in attack at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The 20-year-old Portugal international is now in his second season at the club, having signed from Benfica as a replacement for Antoine Griezmann in July 2019.
Joao Felix’s first term at Atleti did not pan out quite as he might have hoped, scoring just six goals and providing a single assist in 27 LaLiga games.
But 2020-21 is already proving more fruitful as the forward has three goals – from just 15 shots – and an assist in six league matches.
Joao Felix already has two Champions League goals in the new season, too, closing on last year’s tally of three, and he has Suarez’s backing.
“He hasn’t surprised me, because back when he was at Benfica he had already set about showing what a class player he is at a very young age,” Suarez told AS.
“It’s not easy when you move abroad, but in his first year, which was about settling in here, he produced moments of real quality.
“I think that this season he’s really starting to get the fans excited.
He feels full of confidence and, if the rest of us give him the help and support he needs, he can be a match-winner.
“But we can’t place all the responsibility on his shoulders.
If we work as a team and everyone does their bit, that’ll have a beneficial effect on him and everyone around him.”