The clash against Getafe last weekend was Real Madrid’s first game after Vinicius Jr’s unfortunate injury.
The Brazilian star is ruled out for six weeks through his muscular lesion, and many expected Carlo Ancelotti to opt for a change in formation to accommodate for his absence.
Yet, the manager had nothing of that sort up his sleeve. He unleashed his latest weapon in the starting lineup against Jose Bordalas’ side in Joselu, and it is safe to say that his gamble paid off.
According to reports from AS, Real Madrid see the Spanish striker to be a very strong replacement for Vinicius both in terms of securing goals and points.
They consider him to be a massive upgrade over recent strikers at the club including Mariano Diaz and Luka Jovic.
Joselu hits the bullseye
The 33-year-old centre-forward has participated in all four of Los Blancos’ La Liga games this season. However, his only meaningful contributions arrived in the last two games after Vincius’ injury.
Joselu came on to replace the injured Brazilian in the first half against Celta Vigo and provided strong cover in the final third.
Eventually, he got the late assist for Jude Bellingham’s winner on the night.
The fixture against Getafe saw him receive his first start of the campaign for Real Madrid, and he was impeccable against Bordalas’ men.
Joselu not only scored the equaliser for the men in white on the night but also had three shots on target, and completed one key pass.
Vinicius could return for the Madrid derby
Despite the initial prognosis ruling him out for six weeks, reports earlier today revealed that the youngster could make a shocking return as early as this month.
The speedster is said to be working hard to return to the field at the earliest and is gunning to return to action against Atletico Madrid later this month.
While it is unclear whether it would be feasible and wise to rush him to that extent, it is clear that Vinicius’ recovery is on the right track.
Until then, Joselu is Ancelotti’s man and he has not disappointed so far.
Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano
Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.
Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.
Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.
Real Madrid impressed by Endrick
Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.
The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.
And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.
Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.
Endrick also learning new languages
Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.
The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.
As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.
Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.