SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 04: Sergio Canales #16 of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring against Club America of Mexico during a pre-season game at Candlestick Park on August 4 2010 in San Francisco California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
With both domestic and European football is underway, why not keep you updated on players that have gone out on loan for the 2011/2012 term. While they're not wearing Real Madrid colors they are still under contract with our beloved los blancos - and it's always good to keep track of the kids.
For this term los blancos loaned out 8 players, who more or less were not going to see much if any first team time. And lets face it, some of these guys are good and who wants them rotting on the bench and stunting their growth as a footballer. I do come from a baseball line of thinking, and it's great to build up the youth - but that doesn't mean keep them on the first team and stunt their growth. Send them out where you know they're going to get first team time; either as players that are going to be in the starting XI on a consistent basis, or at least being a super sub.
This is also a great tool for Real Madrid and guys like Mourinho and Zidane - to evaluate them. And while you can get a feel for a player during training, it's the game situations that truly give you a good look at how they perform on the field, game situations and how they react. And sometimes you loan a guy or two out, who really doesn't fit in the with the club - and maybe no ones into buying them..yet.
Keep in mind if they've been loaned out to la Liga sides, we wont see them play against Real Madrid. They're known for putting in non-compete clauses in the loan contracts. If that particular team plays that player against los blancos, then it's going to cost them some serious cash.
- David Mateos: The 24 year-old Spanish center back spent last season on loan with AEK Athens, this year he finds himself in la Liga with Real Zargoza. He played the full 90 against Rayo Vallecano in his debut, picking a yellow card in the process. He was paired up with Paulo da Silva who at 31 now spent two less than inspiring seasons for Sunderland in the English Premier league. But on the other hand, he's got some experience that could help the 24 year-old in the long run.
- Sergio Canales: So far he has yet to start a match for Valencia CF, though he has come on twice as a sub.
- Pedro Leon: Has yet to appear with Getafe CF and obviously he didn't play last weekend against Real Madrid. According to the Getafe website he is on the first team, and wearing #12.
- Fernando Gago: He now calls Serie A side AS Roma home. He has yet to break into the starting XI, though truth be told - they've only had one fixture since a strike postponed match day one. Roma lost to Cagliari 2-1. He subbed on for defender Aleando Rosi in the 75th minute and managed to draw four fouls.
- Royston Drenthe: I debated keeping him off this list after his, after his blasting of Real Madrid when he arrived at Goodison Park on loan with Everton FC of the English Premier League. He came on as a sub in the 72nd minute for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov in Everton's 2-2 tie with Aston Villa FC.
Also please let me know if I for some reason missed someone out on loan, thanks!