This article is part of Football FanCast’s In The Pipeline series, which takes a look at some of the most promising young talent either linked with clubs or emerging from their academies…
Real Madrid have definitely had their fair share of talented youngster throughout their history.
In fact, some of the best players in the world have come out of their academies. The likes of Raul, Iker Casillas and Dani Carvajal spring to mind.
Of course, those are the stars that were brought up in their own backyard but sometimes, talent can also be bought and currently, Los Blancos have plenty of that as well. Takefusa Kubo and Martin Odegaard are two prodigious talents who are currently away from the club, both on loan at other La Liga teams.
But one such talent that is both blessed with great potential and also at the club as we speak is Rodrygo Goes, the 18-year-old prodigy who is still a newcomer to the Santiago Bernabeu.
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The young Brazilian joined the Galacticos during the summer for a major fee, especially considering his age and his potential.
Rodrygo was bought for a reported price of €40m (£35.2m) but he is yet to make any significant impact on the team’s performances. In fact, it is not really clear what exactly Zinedine Zidane plans to do with him, though he did make his La Liga debut against Osasuna earlier this week.
Raul recently came out with a statement insisting that Rodrygo is a first-team player and should be treated as such.
He said: “We had 18 players in the squad and he stayed behind because he’s a first-team player. Whenever they tell us that he has to come (with Castilla), I’m delighted to have him.”
All of that sounds good but it still doesn’t explain why Rodrygo has only featured for 19 minutes so far this season.
Sure, getting into Real Madrid’s first-team is a tall task for any youngster, regardless of the talent, but as it currently stands, Rodrygo is just being wasted on the sidelines while being torn between two Galactico squads.
It would be wise for Zidane to find a place for the 18-year-old prodigy. Indeed, during his time with Santos, he made 49 appearances and scored 10 goals, while registering five assists, in senior football. A Brazil Under-20 international, he has also won 10 caps for his country.
But if Zidane isn’t convinced, then he needs to be with Castilla full-time, to integrate into the team and get as many minutes as possible.
Currently, it feels as though his talent is in danger of going to waste.