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Victor Chust will return to Cádiz and will have to improve on his disappointing season

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It passed quickly, but Victor’s Chust’s one-year loan spell at Cadiz ended – somewhat unceremoniously and with little relevance to the grand scheme of the transfer window. He hits the headlines on a slow weekend and signs permanently with Cadiz, who he played a lot but didn’t do enough to persuade Real Madrid to play a part in the team, especially not now with the plethora of centre-backs at Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal.

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It’s not that anyone is seriously disappointed or has taken a shotgun to their expectations – ones that were rather tame to begin with – but it’s also true that little has stood out from Chust watching him play week after week. . It’s not particularly bad (however, it lags behind on some things, detailed later); but he’s not particularly gifted either. He may be fine as a fourth- or fifth-choice centre-back, but then what’s the point? Shhh starting every week for Cadiz makes more sense than other options on the table.

Some may be disappointed that Real didn’t bring him much money. Most players on loan don’t manage as Real Madrid players. This is not a lazy generalization or general statement. Matt Wiltse and I have actually gone through every Real Madrid player in history (up to the 1950s, at least), and if you get loaned out it’s almost guaranteed you won’t come back permanently. But in most cases, you can flip these players for a profit, which fans can often forget: young players, as cruel as it sounds, are money-making pawns. Brought in cheap or for free, paid little, then sold for a decent to high price.

But as Goal and Marca reported over the weekend, Cadiz will only pay Real Madrid one million in transfer fees for Chust’s services. Is it bad? Not necessarily. Cadiz pay next to nothing but retain only 50% of their rights while parent club Real Madrid have first right of refusal on any future sale of Chust. In simpler terms, if Chust explodes and gets big, Real Madrid can still have him. Selling him for 1million essentially allows the club to keep him on an ‘extended loan’ where he doesn’t pay his salary but retains enough rights to make a calculated decision going forward.

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Unless you’re really nerdy and have a thing for watching Cadiz every week to follow Chust, you might not care what happens here with a player who won’t play in an elite team and who may never come back. But after following him every week, here is what I would like him to improve: following the runners in the box and defending the crosses. Ironically, these two traits were Real Madrid’s weak points last season. Chust regularly struggles to know who is behind him and what races are going on. A simple run into his blind spot was deadly in Cadiz’s attack – especially as left-back Alfonso Espino was a defensive handicap and was easily beaten with a simple wing cut. Chust was fine in situations where he had to come cover for Espino to get beaten, but started to sweat when he had to deal with cuts or crosses, and especially tracking runners into the box. six-meter repair.

In the spring, when Sergio Gonzalez took over managerial duties from Alvaro Cervera, Cadiz changed to a 3-5-2 with Chust as his left elbow. Cadiz held the ball a little more, in turn increasing Chust’s touches. His ability on the ball wasn’t too bad. He is above average for outlets coming out of the back and does well under pressure. He is also strong on 50/50 duels. But he’s not a good ball progresser in general and struggles to land bolder passes between the lines. He does not have enough verticality in his game, both in passing range and in his ball carrying.

Part of that comes naturally from the fact that Cadiz don’t have much control over the ball. In a different scheme – like at Celta Vigo, Rayo Vallecano or Elche – Chust might have more development opportunities to continually work on those traits. In Cadiz, the team with the least possession (40.9% per game), it’s difficult.

Chust’s loan spell at Cadiz was uneventful and disappointing, and he leaves without Real Madrid giving too much thought to his future. He will have to look to next season with one thing in mind: to improve and leave his mark. Give Real Madrid something to think about.

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