Jese Rodriguez could be on his way out of the Bernabeu for the good of his Real Madrid career. David Cullinane discusses.
Carlo Ancelotti remarked during the summer that Jese’s absence at the latter end of the campaign cost Real Madrid the league due to injury problems with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
However, these comments come in contrast to what is currently happening at the football giants. Jese is seeing little game time, most notably last week’s game v Elche when he given just a solitary minute in added time having spent the entire second half warming up.
This has lead to a whirring rumour mill suggesting that Jese is off on loan in order to grow as a player. Jese, who up until March 2013, when he suffered a serious knee injury, had scored eight times in 31 games for Real Madrid and was tipped to be a mainstay at the Bernabeu.
Almost a year since the injury which happened against Schalke 04, he has struggled to overcome the seriousness of it. He returned against UE Cornella at the start of December in the Copa Del Rey.
After the game Jese stated “I had a very tough time, but I think that things in life happen for a reason”. This reason is not shared by Ancelotti who said that if fit, Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo will start for him regardless of other players in the star studded squad. This is not good for Jese’s development.
According to El Confidencial in Spain, Real Madrid rate him highly and want the attacker to get a full season of first-team football under his belt.
This has huge positives for Jese with clubs such as Lazio and Everton, who have expressed their interest, desperate for a player with his qualities. Jese’s style of play with tight dribbling, amazing speed and an intelligent football brain has earned him a valuation of €15 million.
Unless there is an injury to one of Bale or Ronaldo it will be a quiet season for Jese but there should be a bright future if he develops the way he is expected to. Perhaps a period away from Spain could be the right tonic to resurrect the frontman’s career.
David Cullinane, Pundit Arena.