Real Madrid – In an expensively assembled, star-studded Real Madrid team, a certain 20-year old has stood out bright. JesAi?? is on a delightful run and has shown glimpses of a promising future.
In a club like Real Madrid, it is difficult for a player from the youth academy to make a mark at the senior level. Despite Castilla being one of the best youth academies, not many players have been able to break into the first team squad in the past. The likes of Raul, Casillas and Guti are amongst the few who started with Real Madrid at the junior level and continued to become a vital part of the first team. Even immensely talented players such as Roberto Soldado, Alvaro Negredo and Juan Mata failed to break into the senior team and had to move away from Madrid for the sake of their career.
Currently, Real Madrid have one of the most expensive squads in their hands. The Galactico policy has been a large part of Real Madrid and that wonai??i??t change for a long time. However, breaking all barriers, one man has come up from the bottom and stood out for Real Madrid this season. JesAi?? Rodriguez has defied the odds and made a name for himself despite the presence of bigger and better players. In a team which consists of world-class attackers such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and others, JesAi?? has managed to create a special space for himself in the hearts of the fans.
JesAi?? has shown that he is worth staying at Real Madrid and can be a valuable asset for the Los Blancos in the coming days. The forward has mostly featured as a substitute under Ancelotti. Despite limited appearances which have mostly been from the bench, the Spaniard has managed to grab eyeballs in the little time he has got on the pitch this season. JesAi?? is a player very similar to Ronaldo and has often been compared with the Portuguese. Looking at his current form, the forward certainly has the calibre to make it to the top and be amongst the Real Madrid legends.
“I have liked a lot of players; the Brazilian Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, but my favourite is Cristiano Ronaldo. I like being compared to him. I love his drive. He never gets tired of scoring goals. He always wants more. There is only one Cristiano.”
-Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? JesAi?? on being compared to Ronaldo
Along with his maturity on the pitch, JesAi?? has managed to come of age professionally as well. He is no longer that irascible kid in the B-team, who was so put out at not wearing the number 10 jersey. His professionalism and excellence on the pitch has been delightful and has made him a fan favourite. Manager Ancelotti is also full of praise for the 20-year old and prefers to give him more chances on the pitch than the comparatively senior Alvaro Morata. JesAi??, in turn, is making full use of the opportunities he is receiving and proving his worth on the pitch.
“He played well, worked hard, scored and was involved in the match. He is an important player and is in good form and we have to enjoy that.”
-Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? Carlo Ancelotti, after the Copa Del Rey game against Osasuna
JesAi?? became the top scoring Castilla player in a single season only last year. His performance last season, lead to him being offered a new contract and inclusion in the senior team. At 20, the player still has a lot of scope to grow as a player and seems to be on the way of doing just that. JesAi?? is a lad with lethal pace and excellent ball control powered with the ability to use both his feet while shooting. His technical abilities have been described as ai???exceptionalai??? and ai???phenomenalai???. Carlo Ancelotti is known to rotate his squad in every way possible and JesAi??ai??i??s ability to play almost any kind of an attacking role gives him an added advantage over his peers. The Spaniard prefers to play on the left wing, but can play on the right with equal ease. In his Castilla days, JesAi?? was often fielded as a false-9 or behind the striker. At times, he has featured as a centre-forward as well.
In the short minutes on the pitch JesAi?? has received this season, he has managed to lighten up the pitch and attract eyeballs with his performances. He was the highlight of the El Clasico which Real Madrid lost 2-1 to Barcelona: JesAi?? scored the only goal for Los Blancos in the last few minutes of the game. When you score your debut goal in the Clasico, you surely must be a special player! JesAi?? is also the reason Real Madrid ended the year with a win. The Spaniard came off the bench to score a late winner against Valencia to give Real Madrid a 3-2 away win. JesAi?? continued his form in the opening game of the year by coming off the bench and setting up the first goal for Benzema against Celta Vigo. He also scored in the Copa Del Rey game against Osasuna.
Here is the statistical analysis of JesAi??ai??i??s performances so far this season:
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JesAi??ai??i??s performances speak for themselves. It is not easy to be noticed in the presence of senior star players. But JesAi?? has managed to make people stand up and take notice of him despite limited appearances and stiff competition. His recent run of form has forced rumours of departures for Alvaro Morata and Angel Di Maria. In such a short time, the player has managed to become a fan favourite and also Carlo Ancelottiai??i??s go-to substitute.
However, the fact remains that at 20 years of age JesAi?? Rodriguez is far from greatness. Real Madrid may be one of the topmost clubs in Europe, but many players have a history of failing at this club and later being dumped by them. JesAi?? has a promising future ahead of him, but it will be tough for the boy to make a permanent place for himself in the established Real Madrid squad.
Real Madrid, on the other hand are known to be not so keen of using players from their youth academy. In the past, the club has lost out on players as they just could not squeeze into the already star-studded Real Madrid line-up and were lured away by other clubs. JesAi?? meanwhile has shown promises of a glittering career ahead of him and it will be foolish on the part of Real Madrid if they donai??i??t give the youngster a chance to flourish. Los Blancos must hold on to the boy and make sure he gets regular chances to prove his mettle.