Real Madrid may have to look for a new team for one of their most promising young players.
This past summer, Takefusa Kubo was the most in-demand player on Real Madrid. No, he wasn’t up for sale, but more teams were lining up to sign him on loan than the number of teams who were lining up to sign any other player on loan or a permanent deal.
In the end, Villarreal won out. Unai Emery and the Yellow Submarine must have given Florentino Perez and Los Blancos quite the plan to use Kubo, who even drew interest from Bayern Munich.Unfortunately, Kubo hasn’t been a key player for Villarreal in La Liga. While he has started every game in the Europa League and has literally been their best player with a goal and three assists in European competition, Kubo has just 174 minutes in La Liga with one start and nine appearances off the bench. And he is better than a bench player.
According to a report from El Periodico Mediterraneo’s Jose Luis Lizarraga, Takefusa Kubo wants Real Madrid to end his current loan agreement with Villarreal due to his lack of playing time in Spain’s top flight. Villarreal and Real, by the way, have a two-year loan agreement, though formal loan deals in Spain can only be for one year. (Refer to Martin Odegaard’s loan as an example.)
Per the report, Villarreal don’t want to break the loan agreement, which is understandable since they paid for the loan and have expectations for Kubo. They know Kubo is talented, even if Emery seems to want to use him sparingly as a young player.
But Villarreal also have to understand Kubo’s situation. He is 19 and needs playing time on a weekly basis in order to get better. Coming into games in the last 10 minutes is not helping him. And what must be most frustrating of all for Kubo is that he has been highly impressive from a chance-creation perspective in those substitute appearances, just as he has been a heavy assist-provider for the Yellow Submarine in the Europa League. He has a lot to offer this club.
If Kubo can be made available, teams around La Liga would obviously line up to sign him, since he can be a game-changer for a team looking to qualify for European football in 2020-2021. And if that team can prove to Real Madrid they will use him regularly, they can reap the rewards of Kubo in La Liga and Europe for the full 2021-2022 campaign.
Kubo’s situation is now one to monitor closely, because he is so good that he could even push to start at Real Madrid.