Where does Jese Rodriguez fit in at Real Madrid?

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Real Madrid have started this season in unbelievable goalscoring form, with Cristiano Ronaldo leading the way.

The top scorers in La Liga are not having any problems whatsoever in that regard at this juncture, and although the Portuguese may be taking all the plaudits, the entire front line and midfield have played their part in putting teams to the sword.

How Real's forgotten man Jese Rodriguez must wish he could've been a part of that and Real's glorious run to La Decima at the back end of last season. Well, he doesn't have long to wait now having fully recovered from his anterior cruciate injury. The question that needs to be asked however is, do Real Madrid even need him now?

Carefully managed integration

Fully stocked with talent in the attacking areas, Jese will find it hugely difficult to dislodge any one of Ronaldo, Bale, Benzema or James Rodriguez on current form. Still only 21 years of age though, Jese has a lifetime ahead of him in the game so perhaps a studious easing back onto the scene, bit by bit, is just what the doctor ordered. Much will depend on how inflated the players' own ego is of course.

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When Sky Sports' Guillem Balague says of you: "in small spaces his technique is better than Ronaldo" and "better than Bale at the same age," then you would have to be a robot not to be flattered by such praise. Indeed, it's a fairly safe bet that Jese would be a regular in the side by now if it were not for his injury.

Immediately prior to the same in March, Jese was getting more and more minutes on the pitch in a sign of the confidence that manager Carlo Ancelotti had in the wunderkind. Adept at the false nine, central striker and winger roles, Jese's skill set is wide ranging and enviable. It's entirely possible he can slot straight into any one of the front three/four positions with ease.

Loan move the key?

But that would require a big dip in form from one of the main protagonists or a nasty injury.

Ancelotti won't want to change a winning team either, so come the January transfer window, if Jese hasn't managed to force his way into the team, a move away on-loan could be the perfect solution for now.

Spain's abject failure to qualify for the U21 European Championships, and therefore the 2016 Olympics, means that unless Jese is called up to the senior squad, he can fully concentrate on club matters only.

Which could well turn out to be a godsend. So many matches at an earlier age leads to burnout, leading to injuries/fatigue.


Footballers per se aren't necessarily noted for being sensible concerning their futures, but this is one talent that cannot go to waste. Jese needs to listen to the advice and approach his rehabilitation sensibly, slowly and cautiously, with a view to a first team berth at Real in good time. Where does Jese fit in? Well he doesn't at this moment, but patience now will bring it's reward later.

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