Rodrygo Gives Real Madrid Reasons To Be Cheerful

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If there’s one thing that Real Madrid love to do, it’s to anoint a new superstar in double-quick time, often with unexpected consequences.

Take Vinicius Junior for example.

Signed last season amongst huge fanfare, he was, according to the club, going to be the player that would help bring the glory days back to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Fast forward just over a year and he’s barely getting a game. When he is, he’s not taking his opportunities.

There are even rumours that he could go out on loan in January 2020, though the player is rebuffing any notion of not being with Los Blancos for the entire season.

He’s not alone in having been built up so much only to see things quickly come crashing down.

At only 18 years of age, the pressure he is already under is immense, and it appears that the youngster just can’t handle it.

Quite the opposite appears to be true of another 18-year-old Brazilian at Real.

Rodrygo Goes was signed this summer, and was supposed to complement the Los Blancos front line - including Vinicius.

The pair play together in the national team at U20 level, and are real twin terrors in attack.

Rodrygo seems to have brought that form to his new club.

He opened his account in the league not long after his introduction as a substitute, and against Galatasaray in the Champions League, he scored his first hat-trick.

It was a perfect one too. Left foot, right foot, header.

Oh, and don’t forget the pinpoint assist to Karim Benzema for one of his two goals.

In short, not only has he already made a name for himself, but he’s played himself into contention for a regular starting berth.

With Benzema a fixture, and the club likely to keep faith with Eden Hazard despite the Belgian’s own struggle to adapt, Rodrygo can push Vinicius and Gareth Bale hard for the right wing position.

At present, you’d have to say that he was in the box seat.

Bale appears to be injured for his club, but not his country, strange though it may seem, and in any event, despite his own match-winning abilities, the Welshman once again seems to be out of favour with Zinedine Zidane.

Indeed, the most pertinent question for the coach at the moment is what reason is there to not start with Rodrygo each week?

You’d be hard pressed to find a cogent answer.

Lack of experience could perhaps be levelled in his direction, but if it’s not affecting his ability to find the back of the net or be involved in the big moments, then it’s a non starter.

A cost of €45m might seem a little steep for a teenager, and a similar cost has definitely weighed heavily on Vinicius’ shoulders.

However, if Rodrygo is allowed to develop at his own pace, and not keep being referred to - as Vinicius was - as the new Neymar, there’s no ceiling as to what he can achieve in the Spanish capital.

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If there’s one thing that Real Madrid love to do, it’s to anoint a new superstar in double-quick time, often with unexpected consequences.

Take Vinicius Junior for example.

Signed last season amongst huge fanfare, he was, according to the club, going to be the player that would help bring the glory days back to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Fast forward just over a year and he’s barely getting a game. When he is, he’s not taking his opportunities.

There are even rumours that he could go out on loan in January 2020, though the player is rebuffing any notion of not being with Los Blancos for the entire season.

He’s not alone in having been built up so much only to see things quickly come crashing down.

At only 18 years of age, the pressure he is already under is immense, and it appears that the youngster just can’t handle it.

Quite the opposite appears to be true of another 18-year-old Brazilian at Real.

Rodrygo Goes was signed this summer, and was supposed to complement the Los Blancos front line - including Vinicius.

The pair play together in the national team at U20 level, and are real twin terrors in attack.

Rodrygo seems to have brought that form to his new club.

He opened his account in the league not long after his introduction as a substitute, and against Galatasaray in the Champions League, he scored his first hat-trick.

It was a perfect one too. Left foot, right foot, header.

Oh, and don’t forget the pinpoint assist to Karim Benzema for one of his two goals.

In short, not only has he already made a name for himself, but he’s played himself into contention for a regular starting berth.

With Benzema a fixture, and the club likely to keep faith with Eden Hazard despite the Belgian’s own struggle to adapt, Rodrygo can push Vinicius and Gareth Bale hard for the right wing position.

At present, you’d have to say that he was in the box seat.

Bale appears to be injured for his club, but not his country, strange though it may seem, and in any event, despite his own match-winning abilities, the Welshman once again seems to be out of favour with Zinedine Zidane.

Indeed, the most pertinent question for the coach at the moment is what reason is there to not start with Rodrygo each week?

You’d be hard pressed to find a cogent answer.

Lack of experience could perhaps be levelled in his direction, but if it’s not affecting his ability to find the back of the net or be involved in the big moments, then it’s a non starter.

A cost of €45m might seem a little steep for a teenager, and a similar cost has definitely weighed heavily on Vinicius’ shoulders.

However, if Rodrygo is allowed to develop at his own pace, and not keep being referred to - as Vinicius was - as the new Neymar, there’s no ceiling as to what he can achieve in the Spanish capital.

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