Meet Sergio Santos, Carvajal's heir

Sergio Santos (Leganés, 2001) is one of those players marked in the Real Madrid quarry in all the categories he went through. It always stood out. In his case, his career is currently following the same path that his great idol, Dani Carvajal, traveled. There are many similarities between the two.

They are both from Leganés. In fact, Real Madrid noticed Santos for his performances in Leganés and signed him for Alevín A in the 2012-13 season. He is also a right back and his characteristics are very similar to those of Carvajal: he is aggressive, very difficult to overwhelm, tireless to go up and down. A bolt behind (he has acted as a center-back on occasions) and dangerous upstairs, as he likes to join forcefully on the wing. He even physically remembers Carvajal (except for his hair, because it is blond).

This season he is the starting right-back for Raúl in Castilla (he has played the first two games from the start) and also counts for the Spanish National Team: U-17 and U-19 international. In this 2020 he had a beautiful challenge with La Rojita, in a U-19 Eurocup that was qualifying for the U-20 World Cup and that could not be played because of COVID-19 (the five countries that go to the World Cup have met decided by the UEFA coefficient).

Eight seasons after entering the white quarry, he gets his opportunity with the first team with this call from Zidane to travel to the game against Gladbach due to the plague of injuries on the side. To the absences of Carvajal and Odriozola, the two pure full-backs of the first squad, Nacho's has joined, multipurpose in the rear to cover any absence. The alternatives are Lucas Vázquez and Mendy, in a position that is not theirs. But now Zizou also has the opportunity to trust a reliable and prepared player like Sergio Santos …