Real Madrid – La Liga Drop in game time for the Brazilian
It is always going to be become a regular in the Real Madrid or Barcelona first team as a younger player, particularly in attack, and this is something that Vinicius Junior has found out the hard way.
The 20-year-old burst onto the scene in the 2018/19 season, but the arrival of Eden Hazard in the summer of 2019 meant that he was going to be shifted down the pecking order. Injuries have blighted the Belgian, but his return has led to Vinicius once again finding game time difficult to come by.
Vinicius has only played a cameo role in three of Real Madrid‘s five last games: 12 minutes against Granada, five against Elche and five minutes against Celta Vigo. He didn’t feature against Osasuna or Eibar.
Zinedine Zidane tends to favour both Hazard and Marco Asensio either side of Karim Benzema when they are all fit, which leaves Vinicius somewhat surplus to requirements.
There is no doubt that Vinicius has to improve, especially seeing as Zidane opted to not even bring him off the bench against Osasuna.
That is not to say that Hazard is performing exceptionally well, though. The 30-year-old needs to start replicating his performances from his Chelsea days, as this is why Real Madrid brought him to the club.
The Supercopa de Espana beckons for Zidane and maybe the Frenchman will surprise people with his team choice and include Vinicius. Either that or he’ll freeze him out of the team, knocking the youngster’s confidence and progression even more.