With out-of-favour winger Gareth Bale finally on his way out of Real Madrid for a loan spell at Tottenham Hotspur, the wide right position is up for grabs and it seems that Nigerian-Spanish youngster Marvin Akinlabi could fill that void.
The Los Blancos academy winger made his non-competitive debut in a pre-season friendly against Getafe earlier this week and has been training regularly with the first team according to allnigeriasoccer.com.
If the 20-year-old makes his competitive debut in La Liga away to Real Sociedad at Anoeta this weekend, Akinlabi will become the first Nigeria-eligible player in the history of the All Whites to make a first-team appearance for the current Spanish champions.
However, like the trend we have seen over recent years, the Mallorca-born man has already represented La Furia Roja at U-19 level.
Although he hasn’t said anything regarding his African heritage, he could follow a similar path to FC Barcelona young star, Ansu Fati, if the Nigerian Football Federation fail to make a meaningful case to stem this unsettling flow.