One of the criticisms being lobbied at Real Madrid is how they have not done a good job of bringing through youth team and Real Madrid Castilla players into the first team when compared to FC Barcelona who have been characterized by promoting youth players into the first team. During the summer, this failure was addressed by re-acquiring right back Daniel Carvajal from Bayer Leverkusen while promoting Casemiro and Alvaro Morata to be first team regulars.
Another one of these young Spanish players promoted into the Real Madrid first team is winger/striker Jesé Rodgriuez, who simply goes by Jesé. The 20-year-old expressed some frustration during the summer at the lack of opportunity to get playing time with the Real Madrid first team, especially during the time when Jose Mourinho was coaching. It was easy to see why given that between 2011 and 2013, Jesé scored 32 goals in 80 games for Real Madrid Castilla.
So far in the 2013-14 season, Jesé has slowly begun to settle into his role with the Real Madrid first team, and as a result the playing time has started to increase. With it he has been able to contribute goals, his most recent one coming on Tuesday night as he scored Real Madrid’s lone goal in their Copa del Rey quarterfinal win over Espanyol. So far in 12 league appearances, Jesé has scored two goals and contributed with three assists. When you include all the games across all competitions so far this season, Jesé has played in 23 games scoring four goals and contributing with five assists.
It is easy to see why Jesé has been a regular in each of Spain’s age limit national teams with him most recently being a member of the Spain U-20 World Cup team. He is an extremely technically gifted player who is direct with his runs into the penalty area, and as a result this has allowed him to be deployed either as a striker or as a winger. As he has gotten more and more playing time, Jesé has slotted into the Real Madrid attacking machine with ease and shown why he was a prolific youth player. He is serving to confirm why Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti were right to emphasize giving youth team players like him a regular run with the first team.
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