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Vallejo proves his potential if he can stay healthy

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The young defender has completed two solid performances in a row.

Real Madrid CF v Villarreal CF - La Liga Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images

Real Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo has been playing very well in the absence of Sergio Ramos. Coach Zinedine Zidane has trusted him in the last two games and he’s delivered —even scoring his first goal for Madrid last Sunday—, proving himself worthy of a spot in the squad if he can stay healthy.

That has always been the big question mark for Vallejo. He’s only played 18 games since he became a first-team player in the 2017-2018 season and he has dealt with muscle injuries almost every single month. Real Madrid were thinking about sending both Brahim and Vallejo on loan deals next summer yet these two players have been very encouraging lately. The defender is almost certainly going to leave either way after Madrid confirmed the signing of Porto’s Militao. That way, he will get a chance to play relevant minutes and prove that he can stay healthy elsewhere, and if he can make an impact, make his return to the Spanish capital.

Vallejo has been injured so much time that most fans probably forgot about how big his potential is. Hopefully, the board and Zidane will remember when the transfer window opens in July. Vallejo is still 22 years old and still deserves a shot.