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Vinicius Junior has now been a part of the Real Madrid family for a bit more than a year.
The now 19-year-old talent joined Los Blancos in the summer of 2018 and big things were expected from him. After all, we’re talking about a player who was a big star in the making back in Brazil, bagging ten goals and four assists in 49 games played for Flamengo.
Considering how young he was back then, and still is now, that tally is quite impressive.
The beginning of his career at the Santiago Bernabeu was equally promising.
Now, in 2019/20, he has one goal and one assist to his name in a total of 11 games and things are suddenly not looking as good as they used to.
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The reason for that is simple – he is no longer the only prodigy in the team and slowly but surely, that title has been given to Rodrygo and Rodrygo only.
A kid who is one year younger than Vinicius himself is also looking likely to completely shun him out of the squad.
The biggest indication that the tables are slowly turning might actually be in the tally of minutes for both players. Despite playing three games more than Rodrygo, Vinicius has only 448 minutes under his belt as opposed to his fellow countryman’s 550.
Zinedine Zidane might be changing his mind about who’s first in the pecking order between the two.
One other thing Vinicius has going against him is the fact that Rodrygo is equally effective playing on the right, his less dominant side, as he is on the left.
That means that he is more likely to play considering the only real competition he has on that side are Gareth Bale, a player ridden with injuries, and Lucas Vazquez, who’s mostly been used as a substitute himself.
Vinicius, on the other hand, has to primarily compete with Eden Hazard, Real Madrid’s new Galactico, since he is quite uncomfortable playing on the right, which was already a cause for concern at the club.
The way things stand right now, Vinicius has a better chance of succeeding away from the Spanish capital and should really consider that possibility.
Just recently, Paris Saint-Germain were mentioned as one of the sides interested in his services.
With just 19 years of age on his back, he is in desperate need of regular football in order to develop.
If things don’t change drastically, however, he won’t really find that with Los Blancos.
Looking for his fortune elsewhere doesn’t really sound that bad and Vinicius should seriously consider it if he is to succeed.