Esteban Granero may not be too well known outside of La Liga, in spite of his impressive performances for Getafe this season, but he has not gone unnoticed by Bernd Schuster. The Real Madrid coach has insisted that the young midfielder return to Real once his loan spell ends in June, and that could mean the name Granero is one that we will soon be hearing a great deal more of in the future…
Real Madrid know all about Esteban Granero as the 20 year old has been on their books since he was just seven years old. He rose through the Madrid ranks and finally became a regular for Castilla (Real Madrid’s reserves) during the 2006-07 season at the age of 18.
In spite of receiving rave reviews for Castilla, Granero failed to make the transition to a first team squad member and it was decided that it would be in his best interests to go out on loan to Getafe. The valuable Primera Liga and European experience he has picked up at the Madrid based club has convinced both Schuster and Mijatovic that he will be a valuable addition to the Real Madrid squad next season.
Schuster has clearly seen enough to be convinced that the midfielder’s apprenticeship is over and has assured the player’s agent that he will be a Real Madrid first teamer next season. Performances, like the one against AEK Athens that showcased the midfielders passing, vision and keen eye for goal, have attracted the attention of Real Zaragoza, Liverpool, West Ham and Bolton. Schuster has acted quickly to avoid Granero being lured away from the Bernabeu by offers of regular football elsewhere.
The player himself has admitted “It has been my lifelong dream to play at the Bernabeu. I’m learning a lot at Getafe, but I would like to return to Real Madrid.”
Esteban Granero has flourished under Michael Laudrup at Getafe and the midfielder admits that he tries to model himself on the Dane, saying “I’m a lot like Laudrup: I like to get on the ball when we attack but I can also be aggressive in defence.”
Granero certainly seems to have many positive attributes to his game and comparisons with his coach at Getafe are not without merit. He is best described as an attacking midfielder, capable of playing just behind the strikers with a fierce shot and ability to make the ‘killer’ pass. He can also take a good free kick and is pretty useful with his head, as AEK Athens found out! He is also highly adaptable, something which managers love, and can fit in anywhere across the middle – it was reported that Zaragoza had identified him as a possible recruit for a wide position.
His ability to rob the ball off the opposition and his appearance earned him the nickname ‘Pirate’ whilst playing in the Real Madrid youth ranks and the player revels in his moniker through his trademark goal celebration: covering up one eye after scoring.
If he does return to Real, and can stake a claim on a regular first team place, then that celebration may one day be tormenting Champions League opposition throughout Europe. Whatever happens to Esteban Granero, he‘s certainly worth keeping an eye on.
Esteban Granero Molina
Born: Madrid 02/07/1987
Height: 1. 80m Weight : 75kg Right footed