Riquelme breaks Koke’s door

Rodrigo Riquelme and Sergio Camello are surprising locals and strangers with their performance in LaLiga Smartbank. Last summer, Atlético de Madrid decided to loan both players to Mirandés with the aim of continuing to grow in the Second Division, a very demanding category. And the plan could not have turned out better for the rojiblanco team, since two of her pearls have grown considerably and they have shown that they are prepared for the jump to the First Division.

Rodrigo Riquelme is perhaps the most surprising because of the position he seems to have in the Atlético de Madrid first team for next season. The Mirandés midfielder is the fourth best in the entire category in that positionaccording to Olocip’s Artificial Intelligence (AI). ‘Roro’, with a value of 4.58, would only have three heavyweights from the Second Division aheadas they are Jonathan Vera (8.22), Fran Villalba (7.42) and Edu Exposito (7.22). All of them players with extensive experience and much more experience in professional football than the 22-year-old.

Riquelme breaks Koke’s door.

Olocip implements Artificial Intelligence in football and summarizes performance in a value score, which is measured according to actions that are positively quantified when increase the probability of your team scoring a goal or when the probability of conceding a goal to the opponent is reduced. In that sense, Riquelme is one of the best of his team in several registers. He has the best value in pre-assist passes (0.147) or pipes (2,297), in which according to the AI ​​is the sixth best spanish player at the moment. In addition, it is the second best of Mirandés in set piece passes (0.282), passes to the hole (0.384), successful set pieces (0.436) and assists (0.523). He has 4 goals and 4 assists, and with his goals he has contributed a value of 3.27.

But the most surprising thing is his fit in Atlético de Madrid. According to the Olocip prediction tool, the youth squad has a lot of room for improvement if they give the first team the opportunity. In fact, in just 10 months would improve a ‘heavyweight’ of the rojiblanco team like Koke as a left midfielder. Riquelme would reach a total value of 75, well above the average in his position (63), leaving behind the 71 of the Atleti midfielder. It would improve him considerably in offensive value (69 to 35), although his defeat in defensive value (8 to 99 for Koke) would make him lose the battle for position with a coach like Cholo. In game construction they would have similar values (75 Riquelme and 80 Koke). With Rodrigo de Paul, for the moment, he could not compete, since he fits perfectly into the Argentine coach’s scheme, with a value of 100.

Riquelme breaks Koke’s door.

Thanks to this performance, which makes him an alternative to take into account for Cholo, who already put him in the dynamics of the first team a few seasons ago, his market value would also suffer a notable increase. Right now, The Mirandés player has a value of 996 thousand euros, while in 10 months under Simeone’s orders it would amount to 10.6 million euros playing only 50% of the minutes. He has already been called up by the U-21 team.

Camel, at the height of Stuani

Photo by Sergio Camello

Another youth squad who is also knocking on the doors of the Atletico first team is Sergio Camello. Also on loan at Mirandés, he has grown exponentially this season, becoming the third best striker in the Second Division. His value stands at 8.24, very close to Stuani’s 8.59but far from the 12.64 of Umar Sadiq, the best player in the category with a value of 12.64. With 13 goals and 3 assists from him, leaves players of the stature of Borja Bastón behind in terms of value (5.95), Ruben Castro (7.45) the Weissmann (7.9).

Riquelme breaks Koke’s door.

However, his fit into the Cholo scheme is more complicated. According to the Olocip prediction tool, his value in the Atleti first team would increase to 75 in just 10 monthswidely surpassing the average of the League in his position (62). However, the presence of world-class players in that position makes it very difficult for him to have a place in the squad and get regular minutes.

Riquelme breaks Koke’s door.

joao felix (99), Griezmann (96) and included cunha (97) are unattainable right now for the rojiblanco youth squad. Ángel Correa is also far away in value (91), so Camello could take the place of Luis Suárez if he leaves. The Uruguayan would have a value of 85, 10 points above the Mirandés player, but 15 years older.

Playing 50% of the minutes, its market value would be above even that of Riquelme, reaching over 13 million eurosa big jump compared to its current market value (almost 2.5 million). Therefore, if Cholo gives him the opportunity, he could become a good relief of the ‘Pistolero’ as fourth forward and, who knows, give Atleti the same joy in the future that Suárez has given him in his two seasons in the red and white ship.