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Real Madrid youngsters set to take La Liga by storm

Monday 2nd October 2017
Renowned for signing the biggest names on the planet, Real Madrid have recently developed and acquired some extremely promising young talent.

These young starlets now represent Los Blancos' next generation. Many have already impressed in the first team. Marco Asensio's emergence has been the most discussed but it's just a sign of things to come, as the Galactico era may be supplanted by la Organico.

Who are the players on the Bernabeu books waiting to make their mark? Here is the quartet with perhaps the best chance.

Dani Ceballos

The silky attacking midfielder arrived in Madrid this summer from Real Betis for €18 million. Ceballos had notched 100 appearances for Betis before turning 21. He managed only seven La Liga goals for the Seville side but it was his exciting, tricky playing style that attracted notice across Europe.

The Spanish U21 joined Sevilla when he was eight, only to be released a few years later due to breathing problems. When his medical condition was effectively treated, Ultrera, another Andalusian club, picked him up. his potential demanded a bigger club, however. Betis was only too happy to provide a stepping stone to the Merengues.

Despite having to watch his teammates play for the first few games,this season, Ceballos was given an opportunity against Real Sociedad. He did enough to warrant another look, then made his mark, scoring both goals in a 2-1 victory over Alaves.

With Luka Modric, Isco, Asensio, and Mateo Kovacic already in Zinedine Zidane's thoughts, further opportunities will likely be few and far between. If he takes them when they come, though, he will have a future, even if it's not at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Jesus Vallejo

The Zaragozan came up through the local side's youth side, featuring for the senior team 31 times before Madrid secured his signature. Real then loaned him to Zaragoza for another campaign before giving the centre half the opportunity to toughen up with a season at Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.

After those two seasons on loan, Vallejo has been included in Real Madrid's senior team for the first time in his career. Very much a ball-playing defender, Vallejo seems a perfect fit for any La Liga side. At 20, he's already seen action with the national U21s. With Raphael Varane entering his prime and Sergio Ramos still just 31, he faces a long apprenticeship. There are few better to learn from, however.

Marcos Llorente

In appearance, at least, the second coming of Guti is one of the club's own. Llorente joined Los Blancos at 13. He made his senior debut seven years later in a 2015 win over Levante. Zidane knows him well, having coached the 22-year-old with the RM Castilla B team.

Like Guti, he plays in centre-midfield. Like any youngster who could make this list, he will find playing time hard to come by top class players ahead of him. It's a success for him merely to be included in the first team setup after spending last season on loan at Alaves. He made 32 appearances for the Basque side but will more likely sit that many times in the capital. He'll be hopeful it doesn't affect his place in the national U21s.

The youngster's future may well be short at Real but he's certainly a talented Spanish player. Others have taken a similar road in the past, most notably Manchester United's midfield savant, Juan Mata. Who is to say Llorente can't?

Borja Mayoral

Here's another homegrown younster, and one to have tasted the grittier side of the Bundesliga, spending a difficult 2016-17 at Wolfsburg. Mayoral was in and out of the side, only finding the back of the net twice as a result.

The 20-year-old spent eight years in la Fabrica before moving to the RM Castilla, doing his loan spell, and now making it into the senior ranks. He debuted as a late substitute in a comfortable win over Las Palmas.

What Mayoral lacks in muscle--he's tall but lean at 6', 150 lbs--he makes up for in technical ability. He'll suit Spanish football quite well. Not that Alvaro Morata couldn't take his game abroad. Borja sits behind Karim Benzema in the striking role but the French forward often picks up injuries. The door could open for the youngster. He scored and set up an own goal in Real Madrid's 3-1 win over Real Sociedad, last month, but hasn't started since.

Zinedine Zidane seems prepared to bring as many of these youngsters through as possible. Still, demand from the stands and boardroom for premium talent may prove the path to Real Madrid stardom a tricky one for these players, as it did for Morata. yet, who knows? The Spanish quartet could form a crucial core in the first team for the next decade, one day feasting on the success which, for now, they are only afforded a taste.

 
Billy Munday

I'm a young, aspiring sports journalist and also a Chelsea fan, living the dream in London. You can find more examples of my work on Chelsea blogs such as the Chelsea Chronicle.


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