Marcos Llorente has impressed everyone with his recent performances, as he has been starting for Real Madrid in the absence of the injured Casemiro. Santi Solari was quick to understand that Real's midfield could not function without a proper CDM after an embarrassing loss against Eibar.
The coach was forced to play him due to a lack of options, but now it looks like he's going to give Casemiro a tough fight for the starting position.
Marcos Llorente is a product of La Fabrica (Real Madrid's youth academy). He played for the reserve side in the season 2014-15, and was promoted to the main team the next season. He was then loaned out to Alaves in 2016, but was brought back the following year due to his excellent performances.
He was expected to get plenty of game time under Zidane, but this did not happen. He was rarely used by Zidane, and he was once more ignored by Lopetegui as well. However, things are now looking good for him with Solari as the head coach.
His technique is very similar to that of Barcelona's Sergio Busquets. He is very comfortable and confident on the ball, he can be found everywhere on the pitch, and he urges his teammates to give him more of the ball.
Furthermore, his ball distribution skills are just like Xabi Alonso's. He has also got a great vision and knows exactly when and where to make the pass. His interceptions also make him useful to press and dominate the opponent's midfield. He really could become an integral part of Solari's Madrid.
The young midfielder has Real Madrid blood running in his veins as he is the great nephew of Gento who is considered Los Blancos' all time great, and his father also played for Real Madrid in the same position he plays. Two of his uncles have played for Real Madrid's basketball team as well.
With his excellent technique and confidence while playing, he has all the attributes to become one of the greatest midfielders of his generation.Published 03 Dec 2018, 17:25 IST