Real Madrid – La Liga Has only played in friendlies so far
Real Madrid signed Andriy Lunin on June 22, 2018. The Ukrainian youngster arrived at the club, won the Under-20 World Cup a year later, and had a number of loan spells.
Yet, on Wednesday night against Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey, Lunin could play his first competitive game for the club, 943 days after his 8.5 million euro signing.
The summer Lunin signed, he played a friendly at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu against AC Milan. But with Keylor Navas and Thibaut Courtois at the club, he was always going to go out on loan.
First, he went to Leganes to be backup, and a year later he went to Real Valladolid. He didn’t play enough though, so his stay there was cut short in order for him to join Real Oviedo so that he could play more.
Now Lunin is in a position to make his debut with Real Madrid after returning to the club last summer.
The Copa del Rey allows those players on the periphery to get a chance in the team, all over the pitch.
Alvaro Odriozola has only played 56 minutes this season, and he has found himself behind Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez on the right. He hasn’t played since September 30.
Eder Militao hasn’t had a much better situation, and he hasn’t played himself since October 31 against Huesca. Nacho Fernandez has overtaken him in the pecking order.
Marcelo has played more, but Zinedine Zidane’s first choice at left-back is Ferland Mendy. When he plays, Real Madrid struggle, having lost four times in his seven games.
From an emerging star in LaLiga Santander to being a backup option, Martin Odegaard has had a strange year. He made some starts at the beginning of the campaign but has since fallen behind Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. He has played just five minutes since December 1.
Isco‘s case is another story. He was the only one who was able to break the BBC trident apart, but now he’s a different player and last started in the November 8 loss against Valencia.
Even Fede Valverde has had his struggles, though he’s first in line of the ‘other’ midfielders.
With Luka Jovic back in the Bundesliga and Rodrygo Goes injured, Vinicius Junior and Mariano Diaz should have a chance in midweek.
The Brazilian has faded a bit, and he’s played just 44 minutes across four appearances in the last five games. He hasn’t scored since October 21.
Mariano has remained as Karim Benzema’s only backup. He has 11 goals in 1,260 minutes, and has started just nine of the 48 games he’s played in.