By FOX Sports staff
Falcao, who was the Rojiblancos' focal point in attack for the past two seasons after netting a staggering 70 goals in 90 games, left the club earlier in the summer to join ambitious Monaco, who are preparing to make a big return to the French Ligue 1 after winning promotion.
The Colombian follows a long line of star strikers who have all left Atletico at the peak of their powers, including Fernando Torres, Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero, and Juanfran hopes the club will be able to find a new spearhead before the start of the 2013/14 season.
"We need someone with that extra quality that Falcao gave us," he said.
"It is clear the names being mentioned will do that."
A number of Spain internationals have been linked with a move to the Estadio Vicente Calderon and although a big-name signing is still unlikely to see Atletico be regarded as genuine title challengers alongside Barcelona and Real Madrid, the 28-year-old defender is backing them to have a good campaign.
"[Alvaro] Negredo, [Roberto] Soldado [and David] Villa are all great strikers," Juanfran added. "Hopefully we'll have a great season.
"The economy in Spain is difficult for teams other than Real Madrid and Barcelona. But we are convinced that things will work out well for us.
"I'm sure we're going to have a great season."
Atletico will be playing in the UEFA Champions League next season after finishing third in La Liga last term.