1. Marco Asensio
If I had to sum up Asensio‘s predicament at Real Madrid in three terms, they would be discouraging, dark, and ambiguous. A young Mallorcan star who dreamed of playing for Real Madrid since he was a child has now devolved into a player the Merengue supporters loathe and passionately want out of the club.
Since the Spanish winger’s ACL injury in 2019, everything has gone wrong for him, and there looks to be little possibility of a comeback. Fate has been unkind to the player, as he has struggled to contribute much to Real this season, and the fans have been harsh in their criticism.
To back up my point, Asensio has only scored a dozen goals in almost 40 games, and his inability to track back and do anything in defence needs no introduction. The player had his moments, but they came in unimpressive bursts with little or no regularity and a high degree of unpredictability. The right flank under Asensio appeared vacant, to say the least.
However, Real Madrid’s perspective on the subject has been dubious. They have already expressed their readiness to extend Asensio because they believe he still has something to give (to which I strongly disagree), while also allowing him to take a leave if a substantial offer is made.
As reports suggest, AC Milan are the most interested in signing Asensio, followed by Leeds, who reportedly want him to be their superstar. In my opinion, which I believe is shared by the majority of supporters, Real Madrid will profit more from selling Asensio than from keeping him for another season, both in terms of wage benefits and facilitating Rodrygo’s development.
I’d want to draw attention to something analogous in the case of the three players discussed thus far. Every one of them was once considered a potential star kid with lucrative future prospects, but something or other took a toll and landed them in their respective positions.
Such is the dynamism of playing for the biggest club in the world that you can never be certain of your future at the club. Things change in the blink of an eye, and your status at the club swings as quickly; one day you may be a star, the next a flop.
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You could be the most hardworking of the bunch, but sometimes luck is more important than ability and as unfortunate as Ceballos, Asensio, and Mariano’s scenarios are, it is a fact that the club must recognize as quickly as possible and take adequate action, which is to let them leave for the greater good of all the parties. However, in some cases, the player should want to leave as well.