REAL MADRID

Real's fifth-highest scorer Jesé knocking on the door

The canterano found the net from the bench against Sevilla and only has Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale and James ahead of him in scoring charts.

Jesé has found pitch time hard to come by this season but not because of any lack of effort on the Real Madrid youth product’s part. Against Sevilla, Zinedine Zidane sent the forward on with five minutes to play and he got on the score sheet for his fifth of the season, taking him to fifth in the scoring charts at the club this season behind Cristiano Ronaldo (41), Karim Benzema (24), Gareth Bale (15) and James Rodríguez (6). After his goal on Sunday night, Jesé has overtaken Isco (4) despite enjoying a third of the pitch time his Málagan teammate has been given.

Jesé has been a fringe player under Zidane, as he was when Rafa Benítez was in the Bernabéu dugout. This season he has played 867 minutes, more only than back-up keeper Kiko Casilla (450) and defender Álvaro Arbeloa (427). In that time, Jesé has hit the back of the net every 173 minutes.

It has not been an easy season for Real Madrid’s number 20, who has alternated between periods of relevance due to injuries to teammates to lead the line against Celta, where he provided an assist for Danilo, and against PSG and Roma, when he sealed a 2-0 victory in the Stadio Olimpico, with controversial moments such as his gestures in the Bernabéu after scoring against Celta.

Jesé has also been usurped in the bench pecking order by Lucas Vázquez. With the BBC back together and clicking like they did against Sevilla, coupled with the form of Vázquez and the shadow of James, Jesé’s opportunities are likely to remain thin on the ground but the canterano is giving Zidane something to ponder with his goal return.

Real Madrid minutes & goals 2015-16

Ronaldo 3419 41
Navas 3060 0
Kroos 2819 1
Modric 2707 2
Marcelo 2364 2
Varane 2169 0
Isco 2152 4
Danilo 2074 2
Ramos 1920 2
Benzema 1918 24
Pepe 1804 1
Carvajal 1703 1
Casemiro 1647 1
Bale 1499 15
James 1420 6
Nacho 1383 1
Kovacic 1265 1
Lucas Vázquez 1061 1
Jesé 867 5
Casilla 450 0
Arbeloa 427 0
Borja Mayoral 204 0
Cheryshev 116 1
Marcos Llorente 113 0
Lienhart 12 0
Tejero 1 0