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 sent shockwaves through the footballing world when they signed the young Takefusa Kubo this summer.
Of course, big clubs like Los Blancos often snatch up the very best prospects on the planet but this 18-year-old was very much a special prize for Florentino Perez and his squad.
Kubo spent some of his youth years at Barcelona’s academy but had to move back to his homeland in Japan in 2015. No one could expect that this young star could make a big switch to Real Madrid. But he did and now he’s defending Los Blancos’ colours instead of the Blaugrana.
Real Madrid have decided, however, that it would be for the best if he joined another La Liga team on loan and gained some experience before going back to the capital once again. Kubo was shipped off to Mallorca, where he soon made his debut against Valencia in an unfortunate 2-0 defeat.
But he didn’t stop there. Just the other day, the 18-year-old Japanese sensation featured for his national team in the World Cup qualifier match, making another big appearance on a huge footballing stage.
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By the looks of it, the youngster is slowly but surely gaining experience, skill and reputation to one day become a true Galactico for Real Madrid.
There’s been a lot of talk about a potential Real Madrid revolution and how they need big stars and costly players to join in order to kick-start it but Los Blancos might already have all they need in Kubo, they just have to put some faith and effort into him.
In 13 games in the Japanese top-flight in 2018/19, the youngster scored and assisted four goals while adding one more in the domestic Cup. At such a young age, he has already won six caps for the Japan national team and has now become the youngest player in the national team to play in a match in the Asian World Cup qualifiers at the age of just 18 years and 98 days.
Sending him on loan was the right choice if he was not going to get any valuable and meaningful minutes in the first-team of Real Madrid and once that spell comes to an end, he will be ready to slot into the squad almost certainly.
Even now, looking at his recent performances, Kubo was a joy to watch. Granted, it was in games where his game time was limited and he couldn’t show everything he’s capable of. But we are already aware of his skills and that is just the beginning.
He was supposed to be the “Japanese Messi“, and he just might still be, only this Messi will be donning White colours rather than the famous red and blue.