I would prefer not to talk about Reinier Jesus, because I have been profoundly disappointed with the way his loan move to Borussia Dortmund has materialized. It looked like Reinier would be a revelation when clubs like Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen showed interest in signing him on loan before the 2020/21 season, but Reinier has flopped in the Bundesliga.
It’s a different kind of flopping, though. Reinier hasn’t been terrible. We don’t know if he is or isn’t good enough. Because he never plays! His minutes played statistics look like Mariano Diaz’s. Even with injuries to the likes of Marco Reus, Erling Haaland, and Gio Reyna, Reinier doesn’t get a chance. He is a versatile forward, but you would never get that sense based on how little Marco Rose, Lucien Favre, and Edin Terzic have called upon the Brazilian.
He obviously needs a new loan now that his two years are up. (By the way, Dortmund could have terminated his loan, having no use for him, but decided not to!)
It is imperative Reinier’s next loan goes well. His Real Madrid future depends on it. After the club invested 30 million euros in him, they must not give up now.
Verdict: Loan him to a smaller club where he can play
FW Borja Mayoral
The last loanee on the list is yet another talented attacker – and the most impactful Real Madrid loanee of both the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons. You can see why Zinedine Zidane wanted to keep Mayoral over Luka Jovic last season. He would fit Madrid significantly better.
Borja Mayoral was a star for Roma last season as Edin Dzeko’s backup, but Jose Mourinho had no use for him in his plans. Plus, new acquisition Tammy Abraham has been an absolute star for the resurgent Serie A side. Thus, Mayoral, through no fault of his own, was loaned to Getafe. And it didn’t take him long to get off running with Enes Unal upon his return to LaLiga.
The 25-year-old has four goals and one assist in under 500 LaLiga minutes thus far with Getafe, and he is starting to hit his peak as a scorer. Mayoral is dangerous every time he plays, and he looks like someone who could even help Real Madrid as a backup striker.
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If there are no better options and the player is willing, Mayoral could replace Jovic as Karim Benzema’s backup. But if he wants to be a starter somewhere, Los Blancos should not hold him back. He should fetch around 20 million euros on the transfer market.
Verdict: Karim Benzema’s backup or sell at a significant fee