This article is part of Football FanCast’s Loan Watch series, which takes a closer look at those players who are aiming to galvanise their careers away from the spotlight of their parent club.
Takefusa Kubo is one of the brightest young talents in the world of football.
The 18-year-old prodigy is a Real Madrid loanee currently plying his trade over at Mallorca, and gaining some valuable experience in La Liga before eventually making his big return to the Spanish capital.
And a lot has already been said about his potential to usher in a new era with the Galacticos and start that revolution Florentino Perez wants to see at his club.
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But sometimes it’s easy to forget that Kubo is still very young and these are his first steps with the big boys in Europe.
And just recently, in Mallorca’s home game against Villarreal, the young “Japanese Messi” finally showed signs of his brilliance and registered his best game in La Liga to date.
His team won 3-1 against a very tricky opponent and it was largely due to Kubo’s gigantic efforts.
The young 18-year-old starlet bagged one goal himself but also won one penalty on the night, giving his team a huge boost in the process.
He was taken off in the 67th minute but that was enough time for him to really make his mark both on the game and the league itself, announcing his arrival to the stage and undoubtedly turning a couple of heads along the way.
Apart from his involvement in the goals, Kubo also registered six crosses and two successful dribbles.
But the best part is that he was not only effective going forward and while attacking but also going the other way.
The 18-year-old prodigy tallied two interceptions and a total of three tackles on the night, registering a truly complete performance by the young Mallorca ace.
Zinedine Zidane will undoubtedly be happy to hear his loanee is doing exceptionally well at his temporary home and is gaining the necessary pedigree for his eventual return in the future.
If he can continue improving, Real Madrid will definitely have a major talent on their hands once he comes back from Mallorca.
We’ll have to wait and see.