Madrid waiting for the real Asensio


​The Marco Asensio that burst onto the scene at the start of the season has gone missing for Real Madrid as they look to the Spaniard to restart his own, and the club as a whole’s, season.

Goals against Barcelona, Valencia, Eibar, Fuenlabrada and Las Palmas had the Spaniard flying early on in the campaign as he took advantage of Gareth Bale’s injury absence to notch seven times in 18 games.

Since then, however, Asensio has disappeared from the scoring scene and he goes into Thursday’s game at Leganes without a goal in 14 games, or 69 days.

True, he was injured for three outings but earning just four starts after his rocket past Los Amarillos represents how Zinedine Zidane’s trust in the youngster is waning, especially at a time when hitting the back of the net is a huge problem for the entire team.

Thursday sees Real Madrid head to Leganes in the Copa del Rey, leaving Cristiano Ronaldo back at home to give Asensio a spot in the XI and the freedom to attack and create in a competition suddenly of great importance to the club.

Even despite this poor run, Asensio is just three goals away from matching his tally last season of ten, which shows how close he is to yet another successful campaign in Madrid as he continues to find his feet at the top-level of European football.

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