Sports News of Sunday, 3 January 2016
Ghanaian youngster Thomas Teye Partey has played down his match-winning strike which lifted Atletico Madrid to the top of La Liga table on Saturday.
The 22-year-old midfielder scored in the 81stminute, eight minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute for Jackson Martinez, to give Diego Simeone’s men all three points in a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Levante.
The strike capped a wonderful week for the Odumase Krobo-born who provided an assist in a 2-0 triumph over Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday.
“I am still learning,” Partey said. “There are a lot of things which I still have to learn and with hard work, I’ll get more chances to play. I am happy with how things are.
“Everyone in the squad has the chance to play. The team is doing well and anyone can score. We’re all happy with this victory.
“We managed to win and we’re thinking of winning the next game. Nothing more.”
Saturday night’s encounter was Partey’s fifth league appearance of the season.
His coach Simeone added: “Thomas took the match where we wanted. After he came on, there was more fluidity to our game. This was an important game and a very difficult one. We’re happy because we’re at the top.”
Following an earlier loan spell at Real Mallorca in 2013-14, the midfielder spent the following season on another loan deal at Almeria, scoring four times in 31 matches.
With limited first team opportunities at Atletico this season, media speculations suggest Granada are observing the midfielder’s situation with an intention of acquiring him on loan anytime soon.