1. Juanmi Latasa
Juan Miguel “Juanmi” Latasa has emerged as one of Real Madrid Castilla’s most talented youngsters. The Spanish centre forward’s playing style is similar to Erling Haaland’s in order to put his skills in perspective for those who are unfamiliar with him.
The talent of the 6’3″ towering striker is not unknown, and it did not escape Carlo Ancelotti’s eye last season, as the Italian coach called the Castilla star multiple times with the first squad. Though the minutes allotted to Latasa were insufficient, the rationale was apparent; he demonstrated enormous aptitude and fire, and it looks likely things are now falling into place for the player.
After the departure of Luka Jovic to Fiorentina and the club’s evident desire to avoid keeping Mariano Diaz in the team next season, which guarantees him close to zero minutes should he stay, the route for Latasa as a backup for Karim Benzema appears to be clearer.
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The player is also part of the first team’s preseason caravan to the United States, where Ancelotti will evaluate his qualities and conditioning in order to create room in the first squad. It is fairly clear that Latasa’s growth chances will be enormous next season; it is now up to the player to seize them and show the world and Real Madrid what he brings.