Breaking Down What Santos Striker Willian Jose Will Bring to Real Madrid

Alexandra JonsonFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2014

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Real Madrid announced the signing of Brazilian player Willian Jose last week.

The player will join the club's B-team, Real Madrid Castilla, for the rest of the season on loan. Afterwards, Real Madrid will decide if they want to buy the player or not. 

The deal is very similar to the one Real Madrid already have with another Brazilian: Casemiro, who came to the club first on loan in January 2013 to play for the B-team. In April, the player got his first-team debut and by June the move was made permanent with a contract for four years. 

Now Willian Jose is hoping for similar success as his countryman and is quoted in UOL Esporte saying: 

My aim is to be like Casemiro, who gained experience [in the B team] and then broke into the senior squad. It’s a great opportunity for my career and I hope to make the best use of it. 

But what can this 22-year-old Brazilian bring to Real Madrid?

A few years ago I would have answered that question with "nothing," as Real Madrid wasn’t too keen on letting players from the B-team even get a chance in the first team before. 

But things have changed and, except for already mentioned Casemiro, players such as Jese Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata have lately been promoted to the first team—making the situation completely different.

The talented Brazilian scored a total of 12 Serie A goals in Brazil for Gremio Prudente, Soo Paulo, Gremio and Santos during 77 games, per

That’s some impressive stats as he made his debut for Gremio Prudente in 2009, only 18 years old. 

Willian has already showed he can play under pressure as he did coming to Santos in the 2013, seen as Neymar’s replacement, and scored five goals. 

He also helped Brazil win the U-20 World Cup in Colombia while being seen as one of the team's biggest stars. 

So what Willian Jose will bring to Real Madrid is a young player with a big desire to make the absolute most of his time at the club. As he’s shown before, he will fight for his spot and hopefully follow the steps of Casemiro. 

Real Madrid sits on a very talented striker here. But there is one thing I ask myself: Will there be a place for Willian Jose in Real Madrid's first team?

Jesé Rodriguez might be in the way for Willian Jose
Jesé Rodriguez might be in the way for Willian JoseGonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

As mentioned before, along with Casemiro, Jese Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata have been promoted to the first team. Whilst Casemiro is a midfielder, both Jese and Morata are forwards. 

Both of them have impressed when given the chance. And if they succeed, will there be a place in the Real Madrid first team for one more forward from Castilla? I doubt it. 

In any case, it’s a good move for Willian Jose and even if Real Madrid in the end won’t be the club for this Brazilian, his time in Spain will most likely raise Willian Jose's profile for other clubs.