Real Madrid: 5 burning questions from a dream win over Gladbach

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Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, Sergio Arribas
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3. Will we see more of Sergio Arribas?

Real Madrid youth sensation Sergio Arribas has the talent to become a future star in La Liga, though it is difficult to make the cut at Real Madrid when there are so many great young players both in the first team and on loan. Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo Goes, Brahim Diaz, and Takefusa Kubo are all wonderful talents.

But Arribas has a special quality about him, which we have seen in Castilla. The 19-year-old made a brief appearance off the bench on La Liga’s Matchday 1 at Real Sociedad, and he received his second call-up in this huge match against Borussia Monchengladbach. He entered the pitch for Rodrygo on the right-hand side, with Marco Asensio entering on the left for Vinicius Junior.

Arribas’ potential for playing time in 2020-2021 is limited, but the fact that he was on the pitch to close out a must-win matchup says a lot about the trust the organization has in him. Zinedine Zidane feels confident enough to play him in the late stages of a match that had his job literally on the line, and that’s quite the statement.

A left-footed right winger, Arribas could start to play more and more if Asensio’s struggles continue. This is a make-or-break year for Asensio, and he’s been arguably the team’s worst senior player this season. Arribas could be his replacement, so I believe this is a situation for Madridistas to monitor if Asensio cannot turn it around.