Real Madrid Transfers: A player to sign from every league

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Espanyol, Raul de Tomas
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LaLiga: Espanyol ST Raul de Tomas

In some ways, picking a player to sign from LaLiga is more difficult than other leagues because of the familiarity we have with this league. There are a number of good choices, including the young center back duo of Pau Torres and Jules Kounde. Those two were frequently linked to Real Madrid last season.

But I am going to go with the wild card as a contingency plan if Erling Haaland goes to Manchester City, PSG, or, somehow, Barcelona in the summer.

Raul de Tomas.

Luka Jovic’s days at Real Madrid are numbered. The club does not seem to believe in him or think he is a fit for the team. Borja Mayoral is a good option and is off to a great start at Getafe, but I can’t help but feel that Real may want to aim higher for their backup striker to Karim Benzema, especially if they must wait for a blockbuster youngster (such as Karim Adeyemi).

De Tomas is 27 and in his prime. He has scored 13 goals this season for Espanyol, which is an incredible tally at a club that ranks 14th in the league table.

He’s also more well-rounded than he gets credit for being. The former Real Madrid prospect has filled up the stat sheet in the city of Barcelona with three assists, 1.9 dribbles completed per game, and 1.4 fouls drawn per match.

Although de Tomas has become something of a heroic figure for Espanyol, you’d have to imagine that he would love a Real Madrid return and would have the ambition to want to prove he could be something more than a role player. His production this season cannot be ignored, and in lieu of any other standout options in LaLiga, the man we call “RDT” deserves the nod.