Ranking Real Madrid’s 3 most important backup players

Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Luka Jovic, Real Madrid
Luka Jovic of Real Madrid (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images) /


Luka Jovic has played significant parts in three matches this season, one apiece against Real Sociedad, Inter Milan, and Atletico Madrid. While he grabbed a goal and an assist versus La Real early in December, he was inspirational against the other two clubs and made good impacts in the minutes he played although that was without a direct attacking output to boot.

Carlo Ancelotti has been full of praise for the Serbian international, who could get the nod to play in the next rounds of the Copa del Rey. Unfortunately, he will miss the fixture against Alcoyano owing to a positive coronavirus test. Jovic, like Lunin, potentially faces a race against time and arguably more so than the goalkeeper owing to his expensive price tag.

If Real Madrid are to sign Erling Haaland, Mariano Diaz and Luka Jovic will both need to leave the club, but the former Eintracht Frankfurt superstar’s bargaining power could be salvaged in the event that he proves himself under Ancelotti. As such, the coach has shown that he is open to giving everybody chances this season but it is now up to Jovic to grab them with both hands.

He may have even left on loan during the ongoing winter transfer window, but it is understood that Ancelotti has chosen to count on him at least for what remains of the 2021/22 campaign. Jovic is the perfect target man and there is no reason why he cannot touch the 10-goal mark this season provided he gets adequate opportunities.