FW Brahim Diaz
Staying in Serie A, let’s discuss another Real Madrid loanee playing for a club in the top half of the table and who is probably getting too much praise from Madridistas. Brahim Diaz has been a fairly mediocre attacking player for Milan this season, with many fans of the Rossoneri coming away rather unimpressed with the Spaniard’s latest displays. While some of that is harsh and ignores some of the excellent work he did earlier this season, the reality is that Brahim has the same consistency issues the other loanees do.
On to the positives. Brahim has end product, works hard, can recover the ball, and makes the players around him better. The issue is that he is a limited athlete, not a prolific scorer, and isn’t particularly great at any one thing. Brahim has backup written all over him, and that’s essentially his best role at Milan, too.
So if he isn’t good enough to be a sure-fire starter for Milan, he isn’t yet good enough to be a starter for Real Madrid. While he would not be out of place in the first team, it is best for the Merengues to keep him on loan. They could sell him, but I don’t like the way Milan are trying to get him at a bargain rate. And who knows? It is totally possible for him to explode in 2022/23. The technical quality and “soft” skills are very much there.
Verdict: Keep him on loan at Milan, then re-evaluate
FW Takefusa Kubo
Takefusa Kubo is absolutely the most exciting loanee Real Madrid have in terms of skill and future upside, and he had an exceptional run of form this season. But like the other players before him on this list, Kubo isn’t ready yet. He’s still too inconsistent, as can be seen in pretty much every other performance outside that window of form.
Kubo’s second stint in Mallorca has been just like his first – promising but nothing remotely great. The Japanese international lost a year of his development between Villarreal and Getafe last season, and now he is at a crucial stage for his Madrid future. The club likes him and believes in him, but there is no first-team slot available for him in 2022/23. Most of all, he isn’t ready yet.
Just 20 years old, Kubo has a few more years left to impress Real Madrid before they have to make a decision. Everything is there for him to be a major success, and I think he will be. But he needs to be a star and play for a team on loan that can help him shine. Mallorca just isn’t serious enough. The question is, can Kubo make. a step up and elevate himself to the circumstances? He floundered at Villarreal…
Verdict: Loan to a bigger club than Mallorca