Real Madrid haven’t had the best of starts to the ongoing international break. The club have been dealt with a couple of injury blows, with Eduardo Camavinga and Vinicius Junior picking up fresh knocks.
They are not the only ones sidelined for Real Madrid right now, with even Jude Bellingham suffering a blow while Arda Guler has had to delay his return to the pitch.
In addition to them, Real Madrid have Eder Militao and Thibaut Courtois sidelined with long-term injuries, even though the former is speeding up his recovery.
Real Madrid unlikely to sign new players in January
Despite a series of injury-related setbacks this season, Real Madrid are unlikely to sign any new players in the upcoming January transfer window.
This is according to Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra), who suggests that the club have appeared very adamant about the idea of signing anyone in January.
It was previously reported that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is not a huge fan of the winter market. It is against his policy to reinforce the squad in the middle of the park.
This comes despite of the recent speculations linking Real Madrid with a move for various talented players across Europe.
Focus on youth players?
As Real Madrid look to avoid making any investment in January, the focus would naturally shift to youth players.
The likes of Nico Paz, Edgar Pujol, Marvel and Manuel Angel are among the finest in the RM Castilla squad, which has produced a host of talents in recent years.
Paz, for one, has made tremendous growth lately and is highly rated by Real Madrid superstar Toni Kroos.
However, as Real Madrid continue to be hit with injuries, results next month could go a long way in dictating the fate of the club in the upcoming January market.
Real Madrid youngster in line for significant minutes against Granada – report
Nico Paz was long hyped as Real Madrid Castilla’s brightest upcoming star. The media constantly kept the spotlight on the young Argentine through pre-season as he made a strong impression under Carlo Ancelotti in preseason.
His breakthrough eventually arrived, courtesy of Real Madrid’s injury crisis. He has now made two appearances for the team in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League and even recorded his first goal for the club earlier this week against Napoli.
Taking his chances
As revealed by AS (h/t The Madrid Zone), Paz has impressed management with his cameo against Napoli and will be called up for Real Madrid’s clash against Granada tomorrow.
In fact, there is a good chance he sees significant game time on the night.
After all, Ancelotti is without the likes of Luka Modric, Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga in the middle of the park.
With Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos, Federico Valverde, and Jude Bellingham filling the starting spots, Paz serves as the manager’s first-choice backup off the bench.
Paz voices his elation
Paz’s introduction against Napoli changed the texture of the game, and it was only poetic that he got the goal that put Real Madrid ahead again on the night.
Speaking to the media after his special night, the Castilla star did not hold back on his emotions.
“This is a dream. For a moment I didn’t even believe it. Very happy to be able to help the team. I dared. I was in automatic mode, I didn’t even know what I was doing. I hit it and well.”
“This is also a message for the other youth players: it is possible to get there. Ancelotti congratulated me, and the whole staff. They are an incredible group and I want to thank them all,” he added, urging his Castilla teammates to keep pushing.