According to a recent report by Mundo Deportivo, Ajax are eyeing a loan move for Real Madrid youngster Takefusa Kubo this summer. The same source has also claimed that the Dutch giants could be a good option for the Japanese winger who enjoyed an impressive loan spell with RCD Mallorca last season.
Kubo’s Eye-Catching Loan Stint With Mallorca
The 19-year-old joined Los Blancos after being released by FC Tokyo last summer. However, the Madrid giants decided to loan him out immediately so that he could get some valuable first-team experience. Kubo has enjoyed an eye-catching season at Mallorca after producing several impressive performances on the right side of Vicente Moreno’s attack.
The Japanese international had featured in 36 matches for the Spanish outfit last season, scoring four goals and providing five assists in all competitions which sheds light on his growing influence in the final third. He has averaged 1.0 tackles, 0.7 interceptions, 1.6 shots, 1.0 key passes and 1.8 dribbles per game in La Liga. However, Kubo has sometimes been sloppy with his ball-distribution as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 75.3% in league football (stats via whoscored).
The Kawasaki-born talent has also earned seven senior caps for the Japanese national team but is still waiting to score his first goal for his country. If Kubo can maintain his good standards in the upcoming campaign, then he will have a decent shot of securing more first-team appearances for his homeland in the years to come.
What Does The Japanese Prospect Bring To The Table?
Kuba can use his pace and agility to make some driving runs with the ball down the right flank. He showcases terrific balance and close control when dribbling with the ball in the opposition half. The Japanese sensation is also not afraid to work hard defensively to help his teammates out at the back.
Should Los Blancos Sanction Kubo’s Temporary Exit This Summer?
At the moment, Zinedine Zidane will not be able to guarantee Kubo regular game time at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense for them to ship the talented winger out on loan for another campaign. Ajax could be a good choice for the Japanese starlet as he will be able to experience UEFA Champions League football as well, which will only ease his chances at the Spanish capital in the future.
Zidane should consider loaning him out with the hope that he can return as a much-improved version of himself next summer and stake a claim for a place in Madrid’s first-team. All in all, a loan spell at Ajax seems like a move that will benefit both the player and his parent club before they reunite once again at the end of next season.
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