Real Madrid are currently sitting pretty as the kings of Europe and if their assortment of burgeoning young talent is anything to go by, they’re not getting off that throne any time soon. Barcelona used to be the club known for grooming and establishing young talent through their illustrious academy, but that assembly line has ground to a halt and it looks like Real have picked up where their Catalan rivals left off.
The new kid on the block that’s quickly making a name for himself is Marco Asensio. The 21 year old Spaniard that has returned to the capital after a few short loan spells in the previous two seasons. His main attributes are his pace and confident dribbling ability, and his ability on the ball is not unlike current Real Madrid icon Cristiano Ronaldo, apart from Asensio preferring to smash in long-rangers with his left rather than his right.
In Wednesday evening’s second leg victory for Real over Barcelona, Asensio got Los Blancos off the mark in just the fourth minute with this effort:
With Real Madrid already bringing a healthy lead into the second leg Asensio’s opener added insult to injury, not least because he put the tie beyond their reach before all the spectators had even taken their seats, but also because he was quite close to becoming a Barcelona player before his acquisition by Real. The Barcelona money-men dragged a potential deal for Asensio out by haggling over €2m and left an opportunity for Real to swoop in and snag the promising youngster. Considering Barcelona’s current maladies, this is a decision that could haunt them for years to come. Expect the youngster to be lighting La Liga up this season.