3 Real Madrid players who need to start more often

Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Miguel Gutierrez, Real Madrid
Miguel Gutierrez, Real Madrid (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images) /

3. Miguel Gutiérrez

La Fabrica, Real Madrid’s academy, is internationally renowned for developing the brightest sports talents from across the world into professionals who compete at the highest level. The academy’s efforts and the great players it has launched throughout the years have been impressive yet underappreciated.

Real Madrid’s competition is so fierce that few of these exceptional players make it to the first team, and as a result, they frequently move away from Los Blancos while continuing to demonstrate their learning from Madrid. Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Reguilón, and Marcos Llorente are a few among the pack.

Miguel Gutierrez, a left-back from Castilla, is one such prodigy who has impressed Real Madrid with his abilities. Naturally a left-back, the teenager has been called up to the first team on several occasions to replace an injured Marcelo or Ferland Mendy, and he has demonstrated his talent and class to the maximum extent in every opportunity provided.

His defensive compactness and offensive sharpness distinguish him as one of the best-rising full-backs in football, as he has demonstrated his talent even on the grandest stage of the Champions League, as Zinedine Zidane trusted him with Mendy’s position.

Miguel’s qualities at this age captivated Zidane instantly, and he was considered one of the few Castilla players who may have been formally promoted to the first team this season, but this was before Zidane’s departure and Ancelotti’s arrival, which prevented the advancement of the young star, among others.

There appears to be something that does not sit well with Ancelotti for Miguel, which has resulted in the Italian becoming less trusting of the kid. Yes, Miguel made a few mistakes early in the season, but they were never serious or significant enough to keep him from being called up again.

In truth, Miguel is significantly superior to regular starter Ferland Mendy in attacking powers and not far behind in defensive abilities, but, once again, Ancelotti has favourites against whom he refuses to even test.

There is no way to deny that Miguel deserves to start for the first team far more than he is getting currently, and the reasons are simple: Mendy is constantly injured, and Marcelo is no longer the player he once was. Instead of playing Nacho, who was a nightmare as a left-back in El Clasico, Miguel should be on the bench and should battle for the starting spot.

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Real Madrid have struggled with full-back positions on both flanks due to injuries and poor performances, prompting the club to look for a few players to sign in order to strengthen the positions, but it would be foolish to invest in an outsider to enforce the position on the left side when Miguel is accessible.