Marco Asensio was one of the players left out of coach Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid squad travelling to face Borussia Dortmund in September 2016, despite scoring in the European Super Cup against Sevilla and in the first LaLiga game with Real Sociedad.
It was not something unusual at the time and yet a year later it is a very different story thanks to his impressive form at the end of the last campaign with key goals in the Champions League which he has followed on into this season including goals against Barcelona in the Supercopa de Espana.
In fact, his four goals mean he is the top scorer so far at the club, one ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo but aside from the goals he now has a weight in the dressing room which is only going to grow.
Asensio now returns to Dortmund today as one of Real’s most important players. His development along with Isco’s displays have changed the landscape and no longer is the famed BBC the guaranteed trio in the attack.
Benzema, Bale and Ronaldo were the figureheads of Real’s recent Champions League triumphs but now there is a generational change with one of the best parts being that little money has been spent as Asensio and Isco cost under 40 million euros.
Asensio continues to make massive strides, his nomination by L’Equipe, ahead of Mbappe, as the best Under-21 player of the season, just shows what a difference a year makes and another visit to Dortmund.