Real Madrid will be taking on UD Almeria in a matter of hours at the Power Horse Stadium in Matchweek 2 of the 2023/24 La Liga.
And it could turn out to be a momentous occasion for one of the club’s most exciting young talents in Nico Paz.
Nico Paz to feature against Almeria?
Indeed, according to AS, there is a possibility that the 18-year-old Real Madrid academy product could be handed his senior debut in the game against Almeria later today.
Nico is one of the most talented young footballers to have come through the Real Madrid youth ranks in recent years.
The 18-year-old has already made an impression with the Castilla outfit and has been training with the senior setup for a while now, without making his debut.
Nico was also the only outfield player from the youth team to travel with the rest of the squad for the pre-season tour of the USA.
And, now there might be a possibility that he gets his first-team debut at the Power Horse Stadium.
The Argentine attacking midfielder has been called up to the first-team matchday squad three times by Carlo Ancelotti now, including today’s game against Almeria.
The previous two instances against Cacereno (Copa del Rey) and Real Sociedad (La Liga) went by without Nico getting onto the pitch.
But that could change today as Dani Ceballos and Arda Guler are already ruled out with injuries while some doubts remain over the involvement of Eduardo Camavinga due to physical discomfort.
Ancelotti believes that Nico has what it takes to be a first-team player at Real Madrid, which is why he calls him up to train regularly. And if Camavinga is not feeling all too good, the Argentine prodigy may well end up making his senior debut for the Merengues at last.
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.