When Thomas Partey shines, atletico smiles. Ghanaian commanded the good performance of the centre of the red-white field against Lokomotiv to claim a triumph who mathematically qualified the team for the Champions League quarter-finals.
Thomas led the team from the pivot, constantly breaking lines with his passes or directly with his physical might to leave rivals behind and it was also the red-white seatbelt to avoid attempts at counterattack by the Russians, who virtually the entire party did not pass from the midfield. In total completed 99 passes out of the 108 he tried (91.7% success), the player with the most participation of the match by far (Koke, the second most, was substituted with 74). In the case of Thomas 61 of his shipments occurred in the Field of Lokomotiv, where it is more difficult to combine and four of them generated goalscoring opportunities.
As for the defensive section, Ghanaian finished the match with 13 recoveries, also the most of the match ahead of Saul and Hermoso (both with 11). He had 25 melee duels with rivals (the second most of the match was Saul with 20) and won 60% of them. In addition was made with the spherical in the four entries he carried out. And all this without giving up the goal, with four shots where two went to door, involving Kochenkov, who cleared one of them with difficulty at the corner, one was gone grazing the stick and another who crashed with a defense.
One step forward
Thomas has been confirmed this season as the athletic reference in the ball exit from midfield. Rodrigo’s march left the Ghanaian in charge after being combined during Madrid’s only season in the first team. The previous ’14’ set sail for Manchester City and Thomas has had to take on a more important role in game distribution, something that has made his arrival suffer, but with his might in long-range shooting it remains a great offensive resource.
Against Real Madrid came his best match so far. Thomas became the most prominent player in the derby and gave an exhibition from the center of the red-white field. His big week was rounded off with another fantastic party in Russia against Lokomotiv, where was the author of the second, both red-white. A level of play he held for several weeks to become a key player for Simeone. Herrera’s arrival has provided him with a new partner in the double pivot, while Llorente has failed to compete for the position with the Ghanaian.
Atletico is still waiting for Thomas’ yes to renew. Ghanaian has a contract until 2023 and its clause is 50 million euros. He’s had an offer from the club on his table for quite some time. He is 26 years old, the footballer says he feels very comfortable in Madrid and there is no reason for the relationship between the two to break.