Real Madrid: The 3 most disappointing players of 2020-2021 going into February

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Real Madrid, Vinicius Junior
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LW Vinicius Junior

Alvaro Odriozola and Marco Asensio are possible candidates here, and a part of me wanted to go with either of them to spare Vinicius Junior any unkind words. But Asensio has turned up his performances lately, whereas Odriozola is as much of a disappointment as Mariano Diaz. That is to say, if you expected a lot from Odriozola, you were setting yourself up for a letdown anyway.

Vinicius started the season well, scoring goals against Real Valladolid and Levante to help secure the full three points for his team. Since then, though, Vini has gone dry in front of goal with only one assist to his name.

He’s been Real’s least effective forward. Vinicius was the worst player on the pitch in the loss to Alcoyano and followed that up with a dreadful performance off the bench against Levante. He should be a game-changer off the bench for Real Madrid, but it seems as if he’s moved backwards in 2020-2021.

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The young man needs confidence, and it’s getting to a point where Madridistas are wondering about a well-placed loan for the 2021-2022 season. But Vinicius, in his third season with Los Blancos, was supposed to be a breakout star. He wasn’t supposed to be the team’s most wasteful player in the attacking third while giving the other team clear counterattacking opportunities.