Changing the club in the summer wasn’t…a change for him. Fran Garcia has already spent the 2020/21 season at Rayo Vallecano, winning promotion to La Liga after a long and very difficult season. Last July, Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano confirmed that Vallecas had decided to appoint a defender on a permanent transfer basis. However, members of the royal family retain 50% of the player’s rights, which is why fans keep Los Blancos They continued to follow his actions closely.

With a good performance last season, Fran García won the right to play in the top eleven and had almost no competition all season. He played whenever his health allowed. The exception was in some King’s Cup matches when coach Andoni Iraola opted to rotate.

But in La Liga, Fran played from cover to cover. He appeared in 34 matches, including 32 from the first minute to the last minute. He has done well with Alvaro Garcia and the 29-year-old is usually a brilliant left winger in attack.

It can’t be said that Fran Garcia was only defensive, although these key numbers might indicate that. All season, he scored one goal and one assist. However, Rayo was not a band that resembled the ones that existed during Paco Jémez’s tenure. They scored 39 goals in 38 games, and it was a great start to the season (4-0 with Granada, 3-0 with Getafe) a little blurry the image of Rayo, who later opted for more realistic football.

After all, Fran deserves credit for the progress. I entered the Premier League without noise and were certainly not the biggest problem for Rayo’s defence, which has been a disappointment especially in the spring.

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Fran is not as effective defensively as Ferland Mendy of course, but he still does well. He’s also good at describing pressure when he has to step out of his line of defence. Its biggest advantage is freedom from competitor pressure. He likes to find space with the ball at his feet and he’s great at that. In terms of the number of ball introductions in the final third of the rally, only Vinicius Jr. is ahead of him.

But Fran is not looking for dribbling often, but rather for the free space left by the defenders. He often passes through the penalty area – and in this respect he takes eighth place in the Spanish League.

With Marcelo gone, Real Madrid may or may not be looking for someone who can strengthen the great squad. Confronting Fran Garcia may be a natural step. However, the 22-year-old does not have to be the favorite, especially since the club is already 20-year-old Miguel Gutierrez, who is eyeing a great future. The advantage of a Rayo player is definitely his experience. He didn’t waste the last two years, played a lot and the progress is very noticeable. He is now the highest rated player in Rayo, which is not surprising. He has his flaws (for example, he plays poorly in the air), but he may find himself in the role of an alternative to Real Madrid.

Matches (first lineup): 39 (38)
Minutes: 3419
Objectives: 1
helps: 1
Average rating according to who scored (La Liga, 1-10 scale): 6.65

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Ranking of rental players according to the editors of *:
1. Fran Garcia

2. Ibrahim Diaz
3. Borja Mayoral
4. Victor Chest
5. Alvaro Odriozola
6. takifos kobo
7. Renner

* – We also added Fran Garcia to the loan players sold to Rayo Vallecano last year. But Real Madrid owns 50% of the rights of this player and his return cannot be ruled out.