The Japanese sensation Kubo has joined Villarreal on loan from Real Madrid. Kubo was the centerpiece of Mallorca’s attack last season and will seek to expand his horizons as a player stepping into a side that will compete for the Europa League title. He has already been capped seven times for his country and contributed to nine goals last season for Mallorca.
Kubo is an exciting prospect, and Real Madrid are only offering a loan because of his tremendous potential. If he can take steps forward as a player this season, he has a lot to offer Villarreal on the right side of attack.
Kubo will be officially presented tomorrow at noon local time in an event exclusive to the media. As the roster currently stands, he will be competing with Samu Chukwueze for minutes in a winger role. He marks the first major acquisition for the club under Unai Emery, though it appears as though Dani Parejo, Francis Coquelin, and Jaume Costa (returning from loan) will all be joining the Yellow Submarine shortly.
The club has taken its ambitions to a whole new level. Emery spoke of wanting to win trophies here and so far in his early steps in the transfer market he seems intent on doing just that. This should be exciting for Villarreal fans, but it also comes with a burden of expectation. With the season restarting essentially a month from now, there is a lot of work still to be done before we see what our final product will be in terms of roster for 2020-2021.