It is not often you can look at a Real Madrid squad and see homegrown players in there - but now you can. Not only are Morata and Jese in the first team at the Bernabeu they are also getting some game time.
After the recent demand for Morata to start ahead of the out of form Karim Benzema - who incidentally had his best scoring start at Real this season - it seems maybe the fans are right to voice their managerial opinions.
The youngster has been earning high praises in Spain after scoring nine goals in seven matches for the Under-21's and is taking his first team chances. Could he and Jese symbolise a new era at Real Madrid?
If you take a look at the crucial first team players, only Casillas is homegrown from the roots of their academy (ignore the fact he is out of favour recently), compared to Barcelona's it's a different story.
Carvajal would of passed if he had not been sold and brought back to the club (which happens quite a few times at Real due to contract agreements enabling a buy-back clause) but I don't see fit to pass this.
Morata started the game yesterday against Malaga in the 2-0 win, ahead of Karim Benzema for the first time, and gave a superb performance despite failing to convert a couple of chances to score before being replaced later in the second half, although Benzema was not his replacement.
This happened perhaps because Benzema featured in France's World Cup qualifiers (where he scored twice) but also to give the kid his chance in front of the adoring Madridistas.
Jese came on late in the second half and gave an equally impressive performance in what short time he had, setting up Ronaldo for a goal he should of most definitely taken - but it is the youngsters dribbling & direct running which is so entertaining to watch.
Real Madrid's sale of Higuain and not bringing in a 'replacement' will give Morata a boost knowing that they have definitely shown a belief in him, that he can compete Benzema for the starting spot in the first team.
The arrival of Bale suggests that Jese will be competing with him and Di Maria to get into the team - as Ronaldo's spot is untouchable and for good reason too. Learning from these two players will definitely be an experience for him and to be competing with them both will develop him as a player and hopefully as an eventual first team player (depending on whether Di Maria likes the idea of this and remains in the capital).
From what I have seen from Jese, he has the ability to be a far superior player to Angel Di Maria, who you don't quite know what performance you will get from. If Jese can find himself with a chance and take it, he can then drive to find a consistency in his performances.
His impact at Real can be very reminiscent of that of Andros Townsend's for England. His direct style driving at defenders and delivering can really be the attacking flare that Carlo Ancelotti wants to start and develop, and with Morata closing down from the front (because Benzema just won't) it can really shape a new Madrid.
The opportunities will come more often for Morata than for Jese, since the arrival of Bale which I find quite unfortunate but who knows, maybe he might just get lucky. A lot of credit needs to go to Carlo Ancelotti for giving these two the chance to get some first team football this season and starting to put his own mark on Real Madrid. It is great to see homegrown players who have come up through the academy get a chance in the first team and could be the start of a new era for Los Blancos, now all that needs to be done is for this club to live up to its history.
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