Prior to the opening of the summer transfer window, both Real Madrid and Takefusa Kubo were hopeful of securing a deal which had the better chance of giving the youngster the needed development he deserves.
Sevilla, Real Betis, Real Valladolid, Granada and Bayern Munich were all open to taking the Japan international on a season long loan for the 2020/21 campaign.
However, Villarreal were that team who were able to convince Madrid’s chiefs enough to be handed the 19-year-old for the season.
But that decision looks almost like a move that the Los Blancos directors are having doubts about despite being in the early stages of the campaign.
Just in case you are wondering why, 1, 3, 5, 16, 15 and 5 is the rationale behind their thoughts.
The figures above does not signify a telephone number neither does it give a clue to a lottery number. These are the number of minutes Kubo has enjoyed with the Yellow Submarine since moving on loan.
Having spent the 2019/20 campaign with Real Mallorca, his parent club thought it was a good option to allow his to continue in the Spanish top-flight so he becomes familiar with the league.
But this time, they were also looking for a club that was going to add a bit of European experience to his career and with Unai Emery’s side qualifying for the UEFA Europa League, Madrid had no setbacks in loaning the player to them.
At the moment, that imagination has not worked out yet and the board are believed to be willing to hold talks with Villarreal over the treatment of the exciting youngster.
Samuel Chukwueze, Moi Gomez and Gerard Moreno are all ahead of the Kubo in Emery’s team list and the games played so far has not favoured the Madrid loanee.
It could be the case of the Spanish manager making the same mistake as Mallorca’s Vicente Moreno who discovered the threat of the player very late during last term.
For Madrid, it will be about monitoring the player’s progress after the international break with the hope of the player getting enough minutes.