The first games of the pre-season are always a good opportunity to see the youngsters and their possibility to shine and convince the coach that they could be very important during the year. Especially after the World Cup, when most of the big players are still on holidays, they are able to show their quality and gain a spot in the squad. However, this year they could have more importance during the season, especially if Florentino Pérez doesn’t surprise us with big signings.
Florentino Pérez and José Ángel Sánchez policy has been to sign good and young players both from Spain and from Europe and America. We saw arriving this year Lunin, from Zorya Luhansk, or Vinicius Jr, from Flamengo. Besides, Álvaro Odriozola arrived from Real Sociedad. They followed the path of Dani Ceballos, Jesús Vallejo, Marco Asensio,Theo Hernández or Odegaard.
Not all of them are being successful at Real Madrid and there is a big risk in these signings, but giving the overpriced market, this is Los Blancos new policy. Julen Lopetegui could be the perfect coach to fit all these players after his experience with the Spanish national team. And we could see this in the first games of the pre-season tour.
Jesús Vallejo will stay in the squad as the fourth full back, Odriozola will be a very important player in the right back and Dani Ceballos will enjoy much more minutes that in his debut season with Los Blancos. Besides, Vinicius Jr, has shown a lot of quality in the first trainings and games and he could have a spot in the dressing room at Bernabéu Stadium after his arrival from Brazil.
Whether Real Madrid is successful this year or not we will discover in the following months. But most of the responsibility for this will be given to the youngsters. Without Cristiano Ronaldo, Marco Asensio, Isco and Lucas Vázquez have to become the new stars of the team and cover the hole left by the Portuguese. Will they be able to achieve it?