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Odegaard impresses among Real Madrid loanees

With it being international week, the perfect opportunity has risen to assess the Real Madrid players currently out on loan at other clubs across the globe.

Vinicius Junior (Flamengo, Brazil)

So far, the Brazilian teenager (17) has scored 2 goals and created 1 assist in the Brasileirao. The majority of the wingers 18 appearances have come from the bench at Flamengo where he has only started 4 games. In total, Vinicius Junior has only featured in 536 minutes of action – just under 6 full games. Having been refused the opportunity to play at the U-17 World Cup, it is expected the Real Madrid star in waiting will get much more significant playing time. Fhe fact Vinicius Junior is still only 17, the club could be looking out for his best interest and are trying to ‘wean’ him into first team football.

Fabio Coentrao (Sporting Portugal, Portugal)

The Portuguese was said to have had an important role in team morale last season during the clubs Champions League and La Liga double. Sporting did not bring the left back to his home land because of his ability to add to the squad morale however. The ex-Benfica star has performed admirably so far. The 29 year old is actually Sporting’s highest rated defender according to WhoScored.com with a 7.24 rating. In the 5 league games he has played, Sporting had 3 clean sheets and only conceded twice. He’s also managed to squeeze in an assist. Currently out injured with a minor muscle strain.

Lucas Silva (Cruzeiro, Brazil)

Having not really made the grade at Real Madrid having signed in January 2014, the Brazilian spent a season out on loan previously at Marseille where things didn’t go exactly to plan. After a medical scare after that loan where it was expected the Brazilian midfielder would not be able to play again, he has gone back home to Cruzeiro where he hoped to find his talents yet again. Cruzeiro are doing well in the league – currently sitting 4th. Having started 9 games with a further 6 from the bench, Lucas Silva isn’t exactly the first name on the team sheet. In Cruzeiro’s last game against Ponte Preta, the midfielder didn’t feature in any regard. Doesn’t look good going forward for the Brazilian.

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Martin Odegaard (Heerenveen, Holland)

Largely seen as a marketing stunt by Real Madrid in signing Norwegian sensation. The 18 year old may have something about him after all. For Heerenveen this season, Odegaard has been the standout teenager in the Dutch league, being the highest rated player under 20 with a WhoScored.com rating of 7.28. With 7 games gone in the Eredivisie, the Norwegian has started in every one. In those 7 games, he has played an average 87 minutes. Yet to provide an assist or score a goal, Odegaard is still a fundamental part of Heerenveen starting the season so bright with an 84% passing success rate.

James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich, Germany)

Not exactly a player that should be considered with a future in mind at Real Madrid considering there is a purchase agreement with Bayern Munich at the end of his 2 year loan spell in Bavaria. James is still technically on loan in Munich and is of interest to Madridistas considering his good relationship with the supporters during his time in Madrid. The Colombian has played in each of Bayern’s games in September where he scored and assisted in the 3-0 win over Schalke. Due to injury and Ancelotti’s sacking, it’s difficult to fully assess his impact as of yet however.

Fede Valverde (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain)

Pepe Mel is at the forefront of most people’s minds when it comes to next La Liga manager to be sacked – Fede Valverde can only be getting excited about this prospect. Seemingly not good enough to play for a struggling Deportivo side, the midfielder is good enough to star for the Uruguayan national team – he was man of the match in their vital win over Paraguay where he scored to secure a place at the 2018 World Cup. After putting in standout performances at this summer’s U-20 World Cup, Valverde was expected to be capable of cutting the grade at Madrid. Valverde has had to make do with starting 3 games while featuring 2 more times from the bench. After Pepe Mel is inevitably sacked, Valverde should be given the opportunity to showcase his talents better.

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Aleix Febas (Real Zaragoza, Spain)

The only player on this list to not be at a top league team, Febas should not be looked down upon as a result of this. Yet to score or assist during his time at Real Zaragoza, Febas has been a mainstay in the La Liga 123 club so far this season. Having appeared in every game so far – mainly deployed in a right wing position – the 21 year old Spaniard has an 89% passing success rate. He has also had a 55% success in dribbling along with being fouled 4.4 times on average across his 7 games.

Philip Leinhart (Freiburg, Germany)

After being knocked out of the Europa League qualification at the hands of Domzale from Slovenia, Freiburg has only German competitions to worry about. Philip Leinhart has started and played 90 minutes in every game. Even though they conceded 4 goals on 2 occasions, Leinhart appears to be playing well having accumulated a WhoScored.com rating of 6.78. Again, consideration of the club languishing in 15th place should be brought to mind. The fact the 21 year old Austrian has played every minute so far is encouraging and will be interesting to see if the German pathway for Real Madrid defenders is the best one.

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