It’s time to start paying attention to Raúl de Tomás, LaLiga’s most exciting young striker.
In a campaign where Real Madrid have struggled to replace the around 50 strikes a season scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the biggest goal threats on the club’s books isn’t even playing at the Bernabéu.
There was something fitting at the weekend when De Tomás scored his 13th league goal of the season, doing so against Valencia and sending Rayo Vallecano on their way to an unlikely first victory in nine. Just three days earlier, his parent club Real Madrid had been comprehensively bettered at the Mestalla. Yet there was RDT, as he likes to be known, playing a decisive part in ending Los Che’s historic 17 game unbeaten run.
Did he feel particularly motivated to avenge the club that nurtured him through their academy from the age of seven? Perhaps, but RDT already had plenty of motivation regardless. Rayo are in a dire situation and, to be brutally honest, are a pretty dire team.
Their slim hopes of LaLiga survival rest almost solely on the shoulders of their exceptionally talented centre-forward, who has scored 38 percent of the Madrid minnows’ league goals in 2018/19. He has been directly involved in 41 percent, if the assist picked up earlier this month against Eibar is taken into account.