Pedro Leon – Real Madrid’s Hidden Gem?

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Pedro Leon is still on loan at Getafe from Spanish giants, Real Madrid, but does he have what it takes to break into The Galacticos’ first team?

If Jose Mourinho is to be believed, the answer is a flat-line no. The right midfielder has an option in his deal with Getafe that allows him to be
purchased at the end of the loan. Quite what the reason is for this if Mourinho wants to keep hold ofhim, I really don’t know. Why risk losing someone that you want to keep?

It isn’t as if Real are particularly short on world class midfielders either; Di Maria, Kaka, Khedira, Ozil; those are just a few names that rolled off the top of my head, and that doesn’t even touch on ‘that man’, Cristiano Ronaldo, who can also play in the midfield if needed. There just doesn’t seem to be any space to fit poor Pedro in.

He doesn’t have youth on his side either; at 25 Pedro may be a couple of years off the start of his prime as an attacking midfielder but the warning signs are there that he doesn’t quite have the required ability to make a mark at the Bernebeu. In fact, you would probably be forgiven for not having heard of the player his impact on the club has been so small: he signed for Los Merengues in 2010 from Getafe but he has only played a total of 130 minutes and all six of his appearances have been from the bench. Although it could be argued that just over two hours of playing time isn’t enough to judge a player, Mourinho saw him on the training ground every day so he has clearly based his decisions on what he had seen there.

I understand that I’ve painted a relatively negative picture of Leon so far but he is in no way a bad player. Saying someone is not Real quality is by no means an insult, he just has an awful lot of competition so maybe it would be better for him to move elsewhere.

He’s currently enjoying life as a big fish in a small pond back at Getafe. So far this season he’s contributed four assists and a goal, a stat that shouldn’t be sniffed at. In his previous stint at the club he notched up 8 goals in 35 appearances. It was that form that convinced Mourinho to sign him in the first place. If he had been given a chance to shine would he have taken it? Madrid have better players than Getafe so if he had clicked with them he may have had a glorious career in the all white strip, but this doesn’t seem to be the case.

This brings up the question that’s begging to be asked: would it be beneficial for Leon to return to Real Madrid? Well, it entirely depends on how his loan deal goes. If he continues in the same form that he’s started this season in then maybe there’s a place on the bench with his name on it, but if he wants first team football it appears that the only way to get it would be to move away from Madrid.

What seemed like a fantastic move may see him end up at the club that sold him in the first place, and it could well be the best thing that happens to him.

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