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5 Real Madrid youth players who should play for the first team

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#4 Borja Mayoral

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Goncalo Rodrigues (R) of SL Benfica competes for the ball with Borja Mayoral (L) of Real Madrid CF during the UEFA Youth League Quarter Finals match between  Real Madrid CF and SL Benfica at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on March 8, 2016 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Mayoral(L) has already made his debut for Real Madrid

Spanish U-19 international Borja Mayoral is a raw and skilled striker with immense potential. Though not as strong as other stars in the Castilla team, the 19-year-old’s fight is just as impressive and his Madridismo spirit has impressed the club hierarchy, which has a fan base who are notorious for being extremely critical of their players. 

The striker is still a teenager but judging by the maturity he’s played with so far anyone would think that he is much older than he looks.

He has great instincts off the ball as well, finding spaces between the defence while also pressing high up the pitch to pressurise the back four in possession.

When he has the ball at his feet, Mayoral is extremely comfortable finding his way out of tight spaces and has great close control. 

It didn’t take long for the Spaniard to shine and although he struggled a bit when Zidane brought him on during the Madrid derby last season, the 19-year-old worked incredibly hard and looked unphased by the magnitude of the opposition.

Mayoral has shown promise at both the youth level and with the reserves. However, the Spaniard is yet to prove himself as a first team player and that’s why Zidane sent him on loan to the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg to give him ample top flight playing time.