Denis Suarez has tipped former team-mate Lucas Torreira to be a big hit with Atletico Madrid and says Thomas Partey will provide something Arsenal have been lacking under Mikel Arteta.
Suarez, who spent the second half of the 2018-19 season on loan with the Gunners from Barcelona, could come up against Torreira on Saturday when Celta Vigo host Atletico Madrid in La Liga.
Torreira completed his season-long loan switch to the Spanish capital on deadline day before immediately linking up with the Uruguay squad for their fixtures against Chile and Ecuador, but he has now returned to Madrid and could make his Atletico debut this weekend when Diego Simeone’s side travel to the Estadio de Balaidos.
That will see him come up against Suarez, who joined Celta Vigo in a £14.5 million ($19m) move shortly after returning to Barcelona following what turned out to be an injury-hit loan spell in north London.
The 26-year-old is now rebuilding his career on Spain’s northwest coast, and speaking to Goal ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Madrid he said Torreira has all the attributes needed to be a success in Spain.
“Lucas Torreira is a player with good technique,” said Suarez.
“He presses and plays strong, so he is an ideal player for Simeone.”
Torreira will not be the only former team-mate Suarez will meet on Saturday when Celta host Madrid.
Luis Suarez, who has scored two goals in three games since joining Atletico from Barcelona, will also be in action having returned from international duty with Uruguay.
“It’s going to be strange to play against Luis because he has been my colleague,” said the Spain international. “He has started the season really well and has proved that he is a good player who scores a lot of goals, but on Saturday I hope he does not score and we win the match.”