Los Blancos have gone on an overdrive to fill their ranks with teenage Brazilian sensations but the latest project will not bear fruit.
With a brief period of Ramon Calderon, Florentino Perez has been in charge of Real Madrid for the better part of two decades. Two eras of Galacticos spending has brought five Champions League trophy but domestic dominance has been in Barcelona’s hands.
Perez has broken the world transfer record fee five times during this time period. However, the construction mogul has had a change of heart in recent seasons. Gone are the days of lavish spending on established stars.
Now, youthful brilliance calls Santiago Bernabeu home. The bitter taste of Neymar signing for Barcelona and Gareth Bale’s continued fight with fitness and form has led to this.
While the likes of Isco, Casemiro and Asensio were signed in their early teens, Madrid’s focus is to procure the best youth across the world. Especially from Brazil.
Over the last two years, the likes of Vinicius, Rodrygo and Reinier have made it to the Spanish capital. They trio join Martin Odegaard, Takefusa Kubo, Brahim Diaz, Andriy Lunin, Eder Militao and Federico Valverde at the Bernabeu.
Will youth help?
As youthful exuberance takes over in Madrid, there is a concern about the long-term gains from the project. The purchases from Brazil are more concerning as they join the biggest club in world football without experience under their belts.
The trio of Vinicius, Rodrygo and Reinier had less than 50 games combined. They need minutes on the pitch to realize their potential but Real Madrid have bet long on their future.
But the problem with youth is that they are reckless and have yet to find their footing. No amount of coaching can instill from the get go how to overcome pressure. The fact that they have to take Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric’s place in first team is an even bigger task.
Real will have to go down the Chelsea loan system route to see what their youth has to offer. Odegaard is proving this system can work. But at what cost.
As it stands, Madrid are second best to Barcelona. And they would not be fighting for La Liga title had Camp Nou not been besieged with in-fighting.
Not many will make the mark at Santiago Bernabeu and Los Blancos fans should be understanding of this fact. And even if they do, it is a long-term project which will bear fruits in three-four years.