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Who has ended the year on a high?

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Today is the first day of 2019, and unless someone is speedily typing away in unison to myself, then it is my pleasure to bring you the first read of the year on ManagingMadrid. This will be the second longest loan report on record, bringing together the past month and a half of action for some of Madrid’s golden boys. Rumours are that even more fresh talent could be on the way to the Spanish capital in January, so this is an important time to impress indeed. It’s time to find out who were the big winners this time out!

The Gold Category

Martin Ødegaard - (Vitesse Arnhem, Eredivisie)

Appearances: 6

Goals: 3

Assists: 1

If there was going to be a star player award for every report written, then either Achraf Hakimi or Óscar Rodríguez claimed it last time. I’m very pleased to announce that Martin Ødegaard has run away with it for this one. It was just starting to take shape towards the end of the first report, and now he seemingly cannot stop scoring goals - and has transformed into Vitesse’s most important player. Three goals in his last three games have brought back a lot of attention his way, and if he continues to make this noise then the first team will be unable to carry on ignoring him. As dry as I believe that this loan move is - at least it is entertaining! Here’s one of his only games without a goal-scoring contribution to give you an idea of the level he is currently playing at:

Borja Mayoral - (Levante, La Liga)

Appearances: 6

Goals: 1

Assists: 0

Business as usual for Borja, although maybe not in the way that he had hoped. He’s playing regularly enough, and he scored his first La Liga goal for Levante against Eibar - but he is still able to give so much more. Still an established youth international for Spain, Borja will be hoping that he can transfer some of his international form into his club games.

Aleix Febas - (Albacete, La Liga2)

Appearances: 6

Goals: 0

Assists: 1

It gets better and better for Febas and Albacete. They end the calendar year at second place in the table, a point from the very top! Nobody predicted this for them at the start of the season, and the Real Madrid loanees have been a key part of the rise. Febas plays nearly every game, and although he doesn’t provide a significant number of statistics, his role is vital for Albacete. He’s at the centre of the web, and controls everything for them in possession, strengths utilised to the maximum by quality ex-Castilla coach Luis Miguel Ramis.

Álvaro Tejero - (Albacete, La Liga2)

Appearances: 5

Goals: 0

Assists: 1

Tejero is still on the rise as well. He has become the undisputed starter in his position, and has continued to put in consistently promising performances. Out of the two Madrid boys, Álvaro initially had the harder task at hand, but has risen to the occasion and has not looked back. Another assist against Alcorcón still doesn’t tell the full story of his attacking prowess, but most importantly defensively he has been very strong too. It may be a little under the radar, but perhaps the boys are having one of the best seasons out of everybody...

The Silver Category

Raúl de Tomás - (Rayo Vallecano, La Liga)

Appearances: 5

Goals: 1

Assists: 0

He’s calmed down a tad in the last month or so, but it will still be a rare occasion that we see the number zero next to the goal mark on of these reports. He’s well on track to reach double figures again this season after bagging his fifth goal of the campaign against Borja Mayoral’s Levante! One thing is for certain: Raúl de Tomás will be a top level player for the rest of his career.

Óscar Rodríguez - (Leganés, La Liga)

Appearances: 5

Goals: 1

Assists: 1

Óscar has picked up the same stats in half of the games that he played last time. A goal and an assist in the same game against Valladolid doubled his numbers so far. He continues to exceed expectation, and is creating a very interesting competition arch alongside Martin Ødegaard, and potentially Brahim Díaz. He’s showing no signs of slowing down yet...

Andriy Lunin - (Leganés, La Liga)

Appearances: 2

Clean Sheets: 2

Still a frustrating time for Lunin, but he did play two further games, earning two clean-sheets against Vallecano and Alavés along the way. You’d think this would be the lucky break we have talked about and are waiting for, but he still isn’t being handed many opportunities. Matt Wiltse looked into his options here!

The Bronze Category

Lusimi Quezada - (Córdoba, La Liga2)

Apperances: 3

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

This one is a surprise regression. Lusimi has gone from challenging for that starting spot and playing a fair few games, to being benched with the occasional appearance. Cordoba are a struggling side and being a defensive player for a team in the relegation zone is a tough job. Nonetheless, Quezada’s objective remains the same. The next month is really important for him to turn things around and get back into the side.

Sergio Díaz - (Corinthians, Brasileiro Série A)

Appearances: 0

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

This one isn’t so surprising. I was bewildered that Sergio even managed to make two appearances after the first report, but since then he has yet to play at all. To top that all off, it looks like he has suffered from another injury, keeping him away from even the bench. Don’t really know what to say about this one.

Achraf Hakimi - (Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga)

Appearances: 7

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Achraf Hakimi is still flying. Although he’s calmed down with all the assists, his performances have ensured that he is not going anywhere. What I find the most impressive is that he’s been flaunting his talent from both flanks, and looks brilliant wherever he is played. Dortmund are the current league leaders, sitting six points ahead of Bayern, and after topping their Champions League group stage look a team to be feared.

The White Category

Mink Peeters - (Lleida Esportiu, Segunda División B)

Appearances: 0

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

We’re still waiting on some good Mink Peeters news. After failing to make any contributions to this report he will be looking to hit the ground hard for the new year and really give it his all. This is a player I still want to see at Castilla very soon. Make it happen!

Pablo Margallo - (Unión Adarve, Segunda División B)

Appearances: 2

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

A further two showings but nothing more. This is a player that I don’t envisage playing for Castilla anytime soon, but in Football you never really know.

Lin Liangming - (Almería (B), La Liga2/Segunda División B)

Appearances: 6

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

More first team involvement for Lin Lianming, after featuring in the cup against Villarreal (we won’t give the 8-0 scoreline much attention...). He also has been involved with his national team, starting for the under-21’s against Thailand in a 1-0 win. Another one to have slowed down on the numbers, but he’ll be looking to crack on and earn more first team opportunities at Almería in the near future.

From now on these reports will be churned out on a monthly basis. It’s been another really successful period for some of these players, and it is always an absolute pleasure to witness Castilla and academy graduates doing their thing in the big wide world. I’m sure that 2019 will bring a change in fortune for some of the strugglers, and they all have the ability to turn things around. Remember, if anyone wants to view the current category list then you can click here. I hope you guys all had a great new years and let’s all hope for a successful 2019! Who will be next months star man?