After his breakthrough season with Real Madrid in 2016/17, Marco Asensio was labeled as one of the most exciting talents in world football. In Zinedine Zidane’s first tenure, the Spanish winger played a crucial role and was always part of the starting eleven amid the star-studded lineup.
Marco Asensio is on the verge of leaving Los Blancos. Fast forward to today. A story from Diaro GOL notes that in a swap deal for Fabian Ruiz of Napoli, the winger could be on his way out at the end of the season.
In all honesty, after rupturing his ACL in the 2019/20 friendly game against Bayern Munich, Asensio was not the same player he once was.
The winger has already lost a yard of pace at the age of 24 after his big injury and has been somewhat pointless for Real Madrid this season.
Instead, Rodrygo Goes performed better than the Spanish winger on the right-wing or Lucas Vazquez. Despite being handed multiple starts by Zinedine Zidane, Marco Asensio has yet to record a single goal or assist for Real Madrid this season.
This season, however, could be a make or break for Marco Asensio. Florentino Perez is plotting a swap deal with Fabian Ruiz, meanwhile. In Napoli, the midfielder has been pulling the strings and his versatility is another exciting aspect because he can also play on the wings.
Ruiz seems to be a brighter talent than Marco Asensio as of now. However, considering the consistency and ability that the player possesses, Real Madrid should not write off the 24-year-old too quickly.
For Asensio, a difficult season lies ahead and if he fails to perform this time around, he could be on his way to Naples in exchange for Fabian Ruiz.