Atletico Madrid starlet Oliver Torres is currently on top of his game at the minute, and carried it on with an impressive brace in the European Under-21 Football Championship qualification match against Bosina.
The 19-year-old midfielder is rapidly building a reputation as one of the top young players in Spain, which is some compliment when you consider the amount of quality sitting around in the Spanish youth team.
Less than three weeks ago, the talented young Spaniard went into La Liga folklore and created a story that will no doubt be replayed to him over the course of his career.
Despite Atletico being deep in a title race, they still didn’t think twice about giving Oliver his debut in an important match against Real Betis, and he definitely didn’t disappoint.
I think most young players on their debut will be happy with doing enough to get through it, and by that I mean not to make any silly mistakes. The widely renowned Chinese proverb ‘‘the nail that sticks out gets hammered’’ obviously rings quite true, and in the modern game where perfection is almost always demanded, you can’t blame young players for ‘hiding to a point’
However, Oscar Torres disregarded any insecurities he may have had before the game and incredibly bagged his first goal in first-team just twelve into his full first-team debut.
The player cleared buoyed by his first-team start and goal. He went into the international break wanting to break his goal duck for the under-21s and sure enough, he did.
The goals were by no-means world class screamers, but showed a great hunger and desire to get in the box and put the chances away.
Chelsea fans have already dubbed Oliver Torres as ‘Torres 2.0’ and should be watching this particular players development closely, as with each performance he seems to be getting stronger and stronger. He could become a real star in the future.
Torres' progress is going to be one to keep a real eye on. If he continues progressing as rapidly as he has this season, who knows, he could become Spain's wildcard in the World Cup reckoning.