Real Madrid prospect Takefusa Kubo has joined Getafe on loan until the end of the season after ending a similar deal with Villarreal.
The 19-year-old was expected to spend the entire 2020-21 campaign with the Yellow Submarine after signing a season-long deal in August.
However, he had made just two La Liga starts by the turn of the year – a fact that, according to Villarreal coach Unai Emery, contributed to the Japan international instigating an early end to the clubs’ temporary agreement.
The Spanish champions have now looked to ensure Kubo gets adequate playing time between now and the season’s end by agreeing a new loan deal with neighbours Getafe.
Jose Bordalas’ side sit in a perilous position in the Spanish top-flight, with just one point separating them from the relegation zone.
OFICIAL | Takefusa Kubo nuevo futbolista del Getafe C.F.
— Getafe C.F. (@GetafeCF) January 8, 2021
It will be hoped that Kubo, who enjoyed a more productive loan spell at Real Mallorca last term, can prove the catalyst for a move up the table.
His fine form in 2019-20 was ultimately insufficient in this regard as Mallorca suffered relegation despite Kubo chipping in with four goals and four assists.
He impressed with his brave and direct play on the ball, which was reflected by the fact he attempted 140 dribbles in LaLiga, a number bettered by only four players including Lionel Messi.
Kubo has at least tried to bring a similar quality to Villarreal, with his 5.6 attempted dribbles per 90 minutes the 14th highest figure among all players to have featured at least seven times this term.
But his efforts did not translate into regular starts for Unai Emery’s men.