On January 7, 2019, Brahim Diaz was presented as Real Madrid’s latest signing having joined from Manchester City for just 12 million euros.
He was seen as a spark after a bad start to the season, he was seen as the solution to the lack of goals in the team, but 18 months later, the Brahim effect has never materialised.
The talented forward barely featured under Santiago Solari, who had just taken charge, and he’s not been in Zinedine Zidane’s plans even when Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio have been ruled out.
Now he has more problems and still may not get a chance even with so many games coming up.
Brahim’s numbers aren’t great as since he has joined, he’s played 563 minutes from a possible 6,030, just 9 percent or six out of 67 matches.
Curiously, whenever he plays, he plays well, and the telephone always rings for him at Valdebebas as half of LaLiga Santander want him on loan and there’s interest from Europe too.
But he’s a player who’s in love with Real Madrid and he doesn’t want to leave, even when Getafe pushed hard for him in January.
Real Madrid and Zidane maintained their policy of respecting players’ wishes and allowed him to stay.
Brahim, who shows confidence on and off the pitch, is convinced that he has the talent to play for Real Madrid, and when he plays, he shows that he can.
He always makes things happen, but Zidane doesn’t allow him the chance to do that because he doesn’t play him and as the days, weeks, months and years go by, he’s increasingly becoming a fringe player.
A natural optimist, Brahim is one of many players who are positive about this express end to the season in LaLiga Santander as Zidane has promised minutes, and radical rotation will be needed to keep up the rhythm of a game every three days.
But will Brahim form part of that? His journey at Real Madrid suggests he might not, because he has big names ahead of him like Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard, Vinicius Junior, Gareth Bale, Marcos Asensio, Lucas Vazquez and Rodrygo Goes.
That’s without considering the injured Luka Jovic, and Mariano Diaz, who is in a similar situation.
Brahim would be the eighth choice attacker in the squad with a system which includes three forwards.
That said, Brahim won’t give up and is waiting for the opportunity to make his dream come true.
He already made an impression with goals against Real Sociedad last season and Salamanca this year, and while it seems almost impossible, he wants to prove to Zidane that he has what it takes before reconsidering his future in the summer.
The drama of Brahim can’t continue for another year.