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Castilla winger Jordi Martín signs for Getafe B

Castilla begin their January business...

It appears that Takefusa Kubo will not be the only Real Madrid winger joining Getafe on loan this month... According to ADNBlanco, Castilla winger Jordi Martín has also joined the club, in order to play with their ‘B’ side in Segunda B for the rest of the season. Jordi had been a surprise inclusion for Castilla last season, coming in from Juvenil A as a stand-in for the injured Franchu, and impressing in twenty games - alongside becoming a champion for Juvenil A as they won the club’s first ever UEFA Youth League title. This season, things haven’t gone as smoothly - as a combination of injuries, COVID and another surprise academy inclusion in Peter have pushed Jordi towards the back of the playing queue. This has resulted in the winger featuring in no games at all this season.

Jordi with the UEFA Youth League trophy.

Castilla were not expected to make many changes this month, but this early move suggests that there could be a slight squad turnover for those out of favour with Raúl. For Jordi this is a positive step, as he will certainly feature more often in the same division group, for a team that actually beat Castilla earlier in the season. For Madrid, this now allows them to further integrate the very impressive Peter into the squad for the remainder of the season as well as find some space for other players searching for more minutes. It remains unclear if Castilla will be looking to bring in any reinforcements in January.

Whilst Jordi was unable to build on his promising campaign last season, it is fair to say that many players have been unable to fully function for a variety of different reasons. The season has been stop-start from the off due to the pandemic, and even the weather. The temporary but confusing new league structure has kept players short-sighted - but Castilla are starting to look better after a shaky start in their new group. The team is pretty much half way there, and still need to find themselves elevating at least one place up from 4th if they want to achieve anything truly successful this season. CastillaCorner’s Irish expert Kristofer McCormack scrutinized the season so far in detail here, so make sure you give that a read. If the crazy Madrid weather allows it, Castilla are due to return this Saturday at home to Las Rozas after a very long break. If Los Blancos can overcome Augusto Galván and his side, then they could find themselves in the top three at the half-way point of the group. Watch out for the match report if the game is on...