Takefusa Kubo probably won’t make it at Real Madrid, through no fault of his own

Real Madrid, Takefusa Kubo (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Takefusa Kubo (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images) /

Real Madrid’s signing of Takefusa Kubo from FC Tokyo in 2019 was part of a bigger picture as they signed some of the brightest young talents around the world. It was during that time that they also signed Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes. However and as expected, things went differently for all the youngsters that joined Los Blancos. For some, the stars aligned perfectly but for others like Kubo, some struggles were there to be seen.

In all fairness to the Japanese sensation, he is everything that they would want in a winger. He’s fast, skilful and young. Let’s not ignore the fact that his signing is a massive positive for business as it further boosted the Real Madrid name in Japan. Even at the young age of 18, Take Kubo had already made a name for himself in his home country and was ready to take the next big step.

Since joining Real Madrid, Kubo has found himself going out on loan to various Spanish teams so far as he spent time in Mallorca, Getafe and Villarreal before re-joining Mallorca where he currently is until the summer. He has played for Real Madrid during his time in friendlies but has been unable to make his official debut so far. He’s a player who has what it takes to succeed at the club but why won’t he? Competition.

Real Madrid simply have too many talented players in Kubo’s position right now

Real Madrid currently already have a plethora of players who can play on the wings and there is simply no space left for the Japanese. Even with the expected departure of Gareth Bale in the summer, that just makes things a little less chaotic in the team and it’s worth keeping in mind that the Welshman isn’t a starter.

Kubo will have to compete with Marco Asensio and Rodrygo on the right flank and even if there is a chance of moving him to the opposite flank then he competes with Vinicius Junior and Eden Hazard. Let’s also add to this the expected arrival of Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain and there is simply too much competition for Kubo to really make an impact on the pitch.

For a young player like him, he needs to play and simply won’t be able to at Real Madrid. Even if they need more options on the wings for whatever reason, they have other players such as Brahim Diaz who has been impressive during his spell at AC Milan.

Takefusa Kubo (Photo by Rico Brouwer/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Takefusa Kubo (Photo by Rico Brouwer/Soccrates/Getty Images) /

Since he won’t be playing regularly at the club, loaning him out makes sense which is what Real Madrid have been doing. But at what point do both parties need to ask themselves whether he should stay or leave?

From Kubo’s perspective, he’s going out on loan to improve and get as much experience as possible in Europe and more specifically in Spain. Los Blancos continue to loan him out for the experience, but also because currently there is no space for him in the team.

That part will not change anytime soon, and it’s looking increasingly likely that the best option for both parties is to go their separate ways with Real Madrid having to hope that letting him go will be more beneficial for them than keeping him for longer.

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Takefusa Kubo is 20 years old now and even though he is still young, he needs to make a decision about his future as soon as possible because, in addition to needing minutes, he needs stability which he hasn’t gotten in the past couple of years. All signs point to his future away from the club, which is unfortunate given just how talented he is but sometimes, the stars just do not align perfectly and this is possibly one of those times.