Getafe Arrives on loan from Real Madrid
Jose Bordalas asked for youth, quality and speed in the summer to help boost his Getafe side and, finally, the arrival of Takefusa Kubo on loan ticks all three of those boxes.
Getafe need that extra bit of quality in order to be tactically flexible and offer a more offensive threat on top of their solid defensive base.
The arrival of Kubo, as well as the imminent arrival of Carles Alena from Barcelona, provides the Getafe boss some interesting new options.
Kubo will, in all likelihood, occupy the right wing. Bordalas tends to start with Damian Suarez at right back with Allan Nyom ahead of him, but the Japanese youngster will take the place of Nyom, who will act as cover for Suarez.
The 19-year-old will act as the third forward that Bordalas when his side needs to attack, as has happened with Jaime Mata and Cucho Hernandez.
Getafe do not have a player like Kubo in their ranks, with speed, one on one dribbling capability and who can draw freekicks on the edge of the area.
That is exactly what Bordalas expects Kubo to offer, particularly with Getafe struggling for goals this season.
Los Azulones have only scored 12 goals in 16 games, far from the figures they are accustomed to under Bordalas.
Bordalas has been faithful to the 4-4-2 formation in recent years but has made adjustments at times, lining up with three centre-backs or a 4-1-4-1.
With the arrival of Kubo, Bordalas could be tempted to base his formation on his most talented players.
Kubo struck up a good understanding with Cucho Hernandez while together at Real Mallorca last season.
That was also partly behind Bordalas’ idea when bringing in the Japanese starlet, and hopes to do the same with the arrival of Alena who will link up with former Barcelona teammate Marc Cucurella.