Real Madrid’s pre-season fixtures gave fans the first glimpse of the club’s new players, some of whom faced adversities but made a strong comeback thanks to two thrilling classics: Federico Valverde and Vinicius Junior. However, two other players stood out, showcasing unique qualities that set them apart from the rest.
Jude Bellingham: Overcoming Adversity to Make a Mark
First up was Jude Bellingham, an English midfielder known for his fighting spirit, despite being hampered by a knee injury. He left glimpses of a player destined to become a top-notch footballer at the global level for many years to come.
Bellingham displayed ample potential to assure Real Madrid of his capabilities. While he does a lot with a little, he does even more with much. Over the years, he is set to become one of Real Madrid’s finest maestros.
Real Madrid’s Brahim’s Loan Spell: Transformative Growth at AC Milan
Another player who outshone his peers was Brahim. He proved pivotal between the lines and his self-belief was a testament to the progress made during his loan spell at AC Milan over the past two years. He showed great movement with and without the ball, providing invaluable support to his teammates.
Josele started as the lead striker in a 4-4-2 formation and while he was by no means terrible, he was largely overlooked. He was undoubtedly one of the casualties of the team’s new structure. The lack of collective air conditioning did not help him and his teammates to adapt quickly to the new setup.
Compared to last year’s Carlo Ancelotti’s team, Joselu is an improved player but he isn’t a striker to demand 40 goals per season. That need will have to be met by someone else, and it could be someone whose name is not yet mentioned.
Fran Garcia turned things around in the second half and did a significant overhaul of the left-back position. The French player started off rather hazy but rectified his issues in Mendi, Mendilibar. He might face tough competition during the season, particularly from the player witnessed at Pasadena at night. The debate is still open on who might take the Mendy spot.
Last but not least, Nicolas Paz was the witness of Bellingham’s impressive start. If Real Madrid gives its midfielder the time to develop all the qualities he possesses, Argentina could be witnessing the rise of a very serious player. He will be someone to keep an eye on during the season as Ancelotti may use him on other occasions.
In a nutshell, Real Madrid’s “rookies” were not performing poorly but with the arrivals of Rodrygo, Vinicius, and Luka Modric in the second half, the team’s improvement became evident. Gradually, Ancelotti will push the newcomers forward and create a place for everyone to ensure the group’s development continues seamlessly. As Real Madrid prepares for the upcoming season, fans eagerly anticipate seeing these emerging talents shine and play a pivotal role in the club’s pursuit of glory.