With the agenda of reducing the wage bill being majorly important this season due to the unprecedented global pandemic, Real Madrid loaned out as many as seven first-team footballers before the start of the season without any significant arrivals to the Spanish capital.
According to a report published by Spanish publication, Marca, Real Madrid’s loaning policy is burdening the club with additional problems instead of being fruitful for them. The problems include the plummeting market value of players as well as lack of game time. The Fourth Official looks into what’s in store for these Real Madrid players –
What Is Not Working?
The situation of Gareth Bale is of great significance in particular as the Welshman was considered to be the biggest troublemaker until he left. With only about 162 minutes under his belt at Tottenham this season, Real dread that Bale would not have enough suitors in the summer and will return to the Madrid as a massive liability. Not to forget the enormous amount of pressure Bale puts on the wage bill just by himself.
A critical area of concern for the Whites would be their midfield Dani Ceballos. Ceballos’ second term at the Emirates Stadium has not been delightful. Ceballos has only managed to assist one goal this season. The Whites could consider selling Ceballos with his market value dropping with each passing day.
Lastly, it is Reinier, who had been loaned out to Borussia Dortmund for two seasons. The 18-year-old midfielder is yet to make a single appearance for the Yellow Submarines almost half-way through the season in Germany. Zidane would be hopeful that the situation will improve with an ample amount of time left until this deal runs out.
What Is Working So Far?
Brahim Diaz is one of best loan deals Real Madrid cracked last summer. The Spanish attacker has played 700 minutes across all competitions and even got himself on the scoresheet on four occasions. The Milan based side will have the option at the end of the season to make it a permanent deal.
Borja Mayoral is the second player on the list who is serving a two a year loan move away from the Spanish capital at AS Roma. The Spaniard has managed to score only one goal in the Serie A this season with just two appearances to his name. However, his stint in the UEFA Europa League has been decent with three goals to his credit.
Lastly, it’s Jesus Vallejo, who is plying his trade for the 2020/21 season at La Liga side, Granada. Vallejo is expected to be a vital player for Madrid in the years to come and could be returning to the Whites first team this coming summer. At Granada, Vallejo has already made 12 appearances this season.