New assist king of Madrid won’t rule out Manchester United but how good is he?

by Sam Peoples

As with almost every competent central midfielder in Europe,  Manchester United have been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid playmaker Koke.

Only a few days ago, Koke was questioned on whether he would be interested in a move away from Atletico Madrid in an interview with FourFourTwo and while he wouldn’t rule out a move, he insisted he was very happy with Atletico.

He said: “You never know in football, but what I do know is that I’ve renewed my contract and I’m at home here, playing for a club I’ve always supported in a great team. I’m very happy here.”

The Spaniard has become a crucial figure in the Atletico side that is currently three points off Barcelona in second but three points ahead of local rivals Real Madrid in La Liga, and due to his phenomenal form this year he has been linked to a host of clubs around the continent including United.

He has got seven assists and two goals in 12 appearances already for Atletico this season and has been instrumental in Atletico’s success but to learn a bit more about how he is as a player, we spoke to Madrid Atleticos to find out some more about Koke.

Koke prefers to play in the centre of midfield but at Atlético he has been played on the left and the right. Sometimes he will drift to the left and Arda Turan will go into the middle.

“He roams around the midfield and isn’t tied down,  is very creative and has a great eye for a pass. Last season he provided ten assists, something no Atletico player had done that since the 1990s. He already has seven so far this season.

“His most important strengths are his vision and timing but he is also strong and not easily bullied off the ball. He can track back and defend and isn’t afraid to tackle.

“Koke needs other players around him as sometimes he can get marked out of a game and needs someone else to share the burden. Also, he can score goals but needs to work a little harder on that.

“He burst into the team under Quique Sanchez Flores but then seemed to stall. Under Simeone, he has been given a new lease of life and a free role.

“He is a huge Atletico fan and will be 22 in January. Besides United, Barcelona are believed to be very keen on him too.”

At only 21, Koke will only continue to improve as a player and has already been called up to the senior Spain side by Vicente Del Bosque because of how well he has played.

United showed that they are in the market for a ball playing midfielder in their pursuit of Ander Herrera and if David Moyes decides to go back to Spain to find his player, Koke certainly looks like an option he should consider.

Do you think Koke would be a good signing for Manchester United?

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