This season has not been a memorable one for Fernando Torres as he has been struggling just to find a starting role in Athletic Madrid as the Spanish attacker has managed to get consistent time in the pitch for league matches but mostly as a substitute player.
The head coach of Athletic Madrid, Diego Simeone prefers to utilize the services of Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro as his main attacking options as those are the players that are regular starters in Athletic Madrid and Fernando Torres has had to settle with a place on the sidelines with limited time on the actual pitch for particular matches.
Even though Fernando Torres is not playing a very influential role in Athletic Madrid, especially for a player that used to be such a key figure a few years ago, Torres is excited about having to compete for a spot in the first-team of Athletic Madrid as he said:
“I’m happy to be here, at a champion Atleti, which takes on each game as if it were the last. I hope this moment lasts as long as possible. The squad is very competitive, it is hard to get a place, the competition is tough and healthy and we understand that we have to keep bringing things. The great thing here is the squad’’
Out of the 10 opening league matches of the season, Fernando Torres has performed in 8 of those games but the vast majority of those appearances arrived from the sidelines as he was a substitute player. From those 8 appearances, Torres has scored 2 goals and he is hungry to score as well as become a regular starter.
Diego Simeone will ultimately have the final say in whether or not Fernando Torres starts to get more playing time but the 32 year old player is eager for the obstacles that lie ahead.