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Madrid Castilla’s key breakout players of the 2017/18 season

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While the Los Blancos have garnered the majority of the attention in Spanish club football and Europe as a whole, there is the need to also take a look at the Junior side that has churned up impressive talents recently in the persons of Borja Mayoral, Nacho Fernandez, and Dani Carvajal. The last two players are currently representing Spain in the Russia 2018 world cup tournament, having established themselves as mainstays in the senior side.

The junior side, known as Real Madrid B, Real Madrid Castilla, and La Fabrica has played an important role for the Santiago Bernabeu outfit as it has proved to be an avenue through which players and coaches can test their capabilities on the playing and the managerial aspects of the game. Zidane is a perfect example with regards to the managerial aspect of the game. The 2017/18 season for the La Fabrica was a mixed one which could also be described as ‘so near and yet so far’, as they missed out on the final playoff position on the log of the Segunda Division B that would have given them the chance to gain promotion to the Segunda division by 8 points, finishing 8th in the process.

Regardless, some youngsters played significant roles for the La Fabrica in the course of the 2017/18 seasons and were also impressive in those roles. Some of the top players in the Castilla for the 2017/18 season are listed below with the exception of Castilla veterans Alvaro Tejero and Luismi Quezada and captain of the side for the season, Jose Leon.

 

1. Javier Belman

The goalkeeper had an excellent first season with the side as he put in a good number of excellent performances to help the club when called upon. However, he was second to Luca Zidane between the sticks and had the opportunity to play more games in the season as Luca Zidane was sometimes on first team duty and also suffered an injury.

Belman had the most clean-sheets with 10 to his name, and this is the highest number a Castilla goalie has reached for a long time. The stage is set for him to be a Castilla player next season as he has proven that he is good enough for the side with the performances he put in. He appears to be the most promising young goalie at the club and he has shown potential to reach the highest level. He could be described as the Castilla’s best goalkeeper in years.

2. Javier Sánchez

Javier Sanchez got a taste of professional football last year and was handed a starting berth at center-back for the Castilla in the 2017/18 season. He had the chance to stake a claim for a place in the line-up and he took it, putting in strong and decent performances and was vital to whatever positives the Castilla hoped to achieve in the course of the season.

He also assumed the role of taking penalties for the side and established himself as one that could easily move on and play at a higher standard . He contributed 3 goals from his defensive position.

 

3. Sergio Reguilón

Reguilon returned from a loan spell last year at Logrones where he was mainly deployed as a winger. He had an eye for goal and even scored 4 in a game against Bilbao B in that time. However, on his return to the Castilla, he was used as a left-back and put in a decent shift in the position.

He posed an attacking threat from the full-back position and was also reliable when called on for his typical defensive duties. He provided four assists from the position, thus ending up third on the assists chart.

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4. Jaume Grau

Jaume was excluded from the squad in the previous season and was sent out on loan to Navalcarnero. He returned this season and cemented his place in the starting lineup as he was used in almost all the games, and this resulted in a formidable partnership in the middle of the park with Jaime Seoane.

His role in the squad was vital as his presence ensured that the Castilla didn’t lose more points. He broke down opposition play effectively and was quick to initiate attacks, whilst possessing a keen eye for a pass.

 

5. Jaime Seoane

Seoane was down the pecking order last season below Aleix Febas and Fede Valverde, but still showed promise when he was given an opportunity to step into the pitch. He got his chance in the 2017/18 season after the departure of the team’s backbone in midfield and assumed responsibility in the middle of the park for the Castilla.

He was required to step up for the team and he did it effectively as he was instrumental in the team’s survival of two relegation scare periods, and his performance in the 4:1 victory over Celta Vigo B enabling the side to breathe the air of safety away from the battle against relegation.

Seoane picked up the joint most man of the match awards with five, whilst providing five goals to be the team’s third highest scorer. He was subsequently named the player of the season for the Castilla and is therefore expected to move on to great things as his predecessors who won the award have done.

6. Francisco Feuillassier

Franchu who gained promotion from Guti’s Juvenil A team in the summer had a slow start to life with the Castilla. It took some time before the Argentine could break into the side, and when he eventually did, it was a gradual process.

However, he progressed steadily and showed massive improvement towards the end of the season. His standout performance was in the game against bottom-placed Cerceda where he scored two goals, with one ending up as the goal of the season.

He contributed six assists for the Castilla thus finishing joint top on the assists chart. Franchu got his chance to represent Madrid in the Copa Del Rey against Fuenlabrada where he played both legs and subsequently made the bench for the Los Blancos’ La Liga fixture against Real Sociedad.

7. Cristo González

The Castilla’s goal machine and marquee signing proved to be the Castilla’s best player in pre-season. However, the former Spanish youth international was pushed to the wings by Solari although he was a striker. The player followed in the path of others who had suffered the same shift in position by contributing less to the side in terms of performance and statistics.

He regained his position in 2018 after the likes of Victor Campuzano and Dani Gomez were pushed down the pecking order after falling out of favor with the club. He started showing his abilities and established himself as the first player since the 2015/16 team was disbanded to hit double figures.

He finished as top scorer for the Castilla with 11 goals to his name, with 6 of the goals coming in his last 6 games. How about that for consistency? He contributed 3 assists and also bagged the joint man of the match awards with 5. He had an excellent season. He is one player who is full of tricks and fancies dribbling past opponents.