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Goal.com's Kishen Patel looks at the emerging talent from Real Madrid's Castilla who can be useful additions to the first team squad...

Real Madrid are extremely proud of their youth academy. The Real Madrid Castilla is their B team and new recruits from the academy join the B team every season. Castilla has produced stars such as Raul Gonzalez, Iker Casillas and Guti recently among many players since its inception. Lately, the academy has “dried” up and hasn’t produced a talented player since quite a time. Few players like Juan Mata joined other clubs and achieved success but not many have returned to claim a starting berth in the Madrid line-up. Castilla were promoted to the Segunda Division after an excellent season and now its time for some of its players to step up to the next level.


Zidanes y Pavones now?

With Financial Fair Play a looming “threat”, Real Madrid can look to their academy to provide them with Galacticos and restart the Zidanes y Pavones system.

Goal.com has a look at some of the budding stars that are knocking on the first team door for Real Madrid and how they will fit in the squad.

Alvaro Morata




Name
: Alvaro Morata
Date Of Birth: 23rd October, 1992
Nationality: Spain
Position: Striker/Winger
Joined: 2008





Alvaro Morata can be the next Raul for Real Madrid. His biggest gift is his versatility as he can operate as a striker, on the flanks or in the hole. Morata stands at 6’2” and can be very useful from set pieces also.

Strengths :

Good in the air and at holding up the ball, with clinical finishing ability and excellent movement, Morata drew comparisons to legendary Spaniard and former Real Madrid talisman Fernando Morientes due to his style. Morata can be a very useful player because of his versatility as he can also play in the hole and as a winger.

Weaknesses :


Morata had been criticized a few times for his low work rate and lack of concentration during games.

Recent performances
:

Morata was a revelation for the Castilla as they clinched their division and earned promotion to the Segunda Division. The young striker scored 17 goals in 37 appearances in 2011-12 season and also managed to feature a couple of times for the first team by coming on as a late substitute. He was touted as a likely replacement for Gonzalo Higuain when the Argentine got injured in the 2010-11 season but Jose Mourinho emphasized on the importance of the youngster’s growth with the B team and preferred to sign Emmanuel Adebayor on loan.

Where he will fit into the squad :

With Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain enjoying a good run of form last season, the competition for the lone striker role up front is as tough as it can get. Alvaro Morata will likely be used as a backup for the two forwards and for either of the wingers. Morata’s biggest gift is his versatility and this will help him a lot as he can be utilized in lots of places. He’s likely to feature in a few preseason matches. All eyes will be on him as he prepares to enter the first team.


 

"It was amazing to hear the Bernabeu chant my name"

-Morata after his debut at the Bernabeu




Jese Rodriguez




Name
: Jese Rodriguez
Date Of Birth: 26th February, 1993
Nationality: Spain
Position: Winger
Joined: 2007







Jese Rodriguez is another rough diamond in Madrid’s jewelry box. He formed an important partnership with fellow Castilla players Joselu and Morata and fired his team towards the Segunda Division. A hero with the U-19 Spanish team at U-19 Euro in Estonia, Jese surely has a bright future given that Mourinho looks to use them at some point or the other. Still only at a tender age of 19, Jese has shown tremendous potential and has been likened to fan favourite Cristiano Ronaldo due to his playing style and dribbling. Jese is certainly held in high regard at Valdebebas and Mourinho’s decision to promote Alvaro Morata into the first team, must surely hand the youngster a lot of confidence that he can follow suit.

Strengths :

Jese has a fairly ambitious personality to go with his strengths like dribbling, technique and creativity. He normally prefers to play on the flanks but can also function as a striker. The youngster is blessed with plenty of acceleration and speed. Quite possibly another Cristiano Ronaldo in the making.

Weaknesses :


Jese however lacks the stamina to compliment his strengths and is if often criticized for his slow work rate and accused of being lazy. He can also improve on his teamwork. With the right training and sufficient game time, I think the young winger can develop into a quality player for Madrid in the years to come.

Recent performances :

The talented forward had a marvelous season with club and country. Jese Rodriguez was a revelation in Estonia and many are now calling for Jose Mourinho to include the 19-year-old in his senior squad for the upcoming season. Scoring five times to grab the tournament's Golden Boot, Jese also bagged the decisive goal against in the final against Greece to secure Spain an unprecedented sixth title at this level. His impressive displays for the Julen Lopetegui’s Spanish under-19 side followed an equally impressive season in domestic football, which saw the Canary Island-born forward score 10 goals in 42 appearances for Castilla.

Where he will fit into the squad :

Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel di Maria are currently Mourinho’s preferred wingers. If Jese is promoted to the senior squad in a year or two, he’d be directly contesting for a spot against two extremely talented players. Jese can learn a lot from Madrid’s experienced players and has to work hard to impress The Special One. He’ll likely feature in Cup games and possibly Mourinho will be willing to take him on the pre-season tour. Jese has only one more year left on his contract and its now upto the club to renew his contract. Will they or will he follow suit like Juan Mata?

 

"When I get back to my club I want to continue improving day by day. I know that when I do get back, though, that my team-mates will look on me differently as is always the case when you win tournaments like this."

-Jese Rodriguez on his future




David Mateos




Name
: David Mateos
Date Of Birth: 22nd April, 1987
Nationality: Spain
Position: Central Defender
Joined: 2007







David Mateos joined the Real Madrid youth academy at the age of 11. He progressed through the ranks and eventually saw himself play for Madrid’s B team in 2007. He was called upto the first team squad on two occasions but he was unlucky not to leave the bench on both the occasions. Mateos is a natural centre back and uses his height to a great effect. With the departure of Ricardo Carvalho looking imminent, Mourinho maybe can promote Mateos and allow him to grow even further.

Strengths :

Mateos is excellent from set-pieces and instigating play from the back. He likes to play long balls forward.

Weaknesses :


Mateos sometimes hesitates to dive into tackles and that makes him a weak tackler of the ball. He is sometimes wayward with his passing too. With the necessary guidance and training, he can easily become a better player under Mourinho.

Recent performances :

Mateos spent the 2011-12 season on loan at Real Zaragoza. Even though he wasn’t a regular starter, Mateos featured in 14 games, starting nine of them.  He was slightly inconsistent with his performances but he was always a decent performer.

Where he will fit into the squad :

With his advancing age, Mateos, 25, can be termed as a late and a slow bloomer. He has the potential to become a very good defender and has the necessary attributes for it too. With Carvalho eyeing a possible exit, Mateos can be promoted to the senior squad to provide backup incase multiple defenders are injured. He’ll be lucky to start any games but can hope for some Cup playing time. Mourinho might take him on the US preseason tour. He’ll need to impress his manager if he wants to earn a call-up to play with the first team.

 

"It's a shame Mateos can't join us because I like him a lot. He defends well and knows how to instigate play from the back. That's a trait which we need here at Madrid. With the difficulties we have it is a pity that he can not play, I would like him to be part of the first team"

-Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid coach)

 
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