“A player will not win 10 games in a row if he does not play” – Real Madrid loan Kubo must “earn” minutes in Villarreal, says Emery

The Japanese national team player was reported to return to the Santiago Bernabeu in January after a frustrating start to the loan in El Madrigal

Real Madrid loanman Takefusa Kubo must “earn” minutes at Villarreal, says Unai Emery, who insisted the winger “will not win 10 games in a row if he doesn’t play”.

Kubo joined Madrid on a five-year contract last year after being taken over from FC Tokyo.

The Blancos concluded that the current credit move is the best option to continue the development of the 19-year-old, while Mallorca brought him to their books during the 2019-20 campaign.

Kubo scored five goals and passed four assists in 35 La Liga appearances for Mallorca, but he could not prevent them from being relegated to the Segunda Division.

The Japanese international impressed while staying at Son Moix and returned to Madrid in July with the aim of breaking into Zinedine Zidane’s plans.

However, as the Spanish champions are still unable to guarantee the teenager regular football at the Santiago Bernabeu, they eventually accepted another loan offer, this time from Villarreal, in the summer transfer window.

Kubo’s first few months at El Madrigal didn’t go as smoothly as he or Madrid might have hoped, and coach Emery reduced the youngster to a small role on the bench.

To date, he has started just four La Liga games for Villarreal, and it is suggested that his parent club could reduce his loan deal in the new year.

Emery came out to defend his treatment to Cuba this week, arguing that the Madrid striker still has to prove he is capable of delivering goods week after week.

“We’re not here to give a player 10 games in a row if he doesn’t play,” Emery told reporters.

“He wins his game and has to earn more. That goes for young players and for everyone. There’s a requirement here, and that’s victory.”

Kubo were an unused substitute during Villarreal’s 1-1 draw at home to the Athletic Club on Tuesday night, marking their final schedule before the winter break in Spain.

That result ensured that Emery’s team finished the year among the top four, two points ahead of fifth-placed Barcelona who played a game higher.

Madrid, meanwhile, finished second in the League standings behind Atletico Madrid, with a 2-0 win against Granada on Wednesday extending their recent victory to five matches.