Real Madrid’s reserve goalkeeper Andriy Lunin was handed a rare start against Girona last night, stepping in for the ill Thibaut Courtois. However, the 24-year-old Ukrainian had a nightmare, conceding four goals in the defeat.
Lunin faced five shots on goal and was beaten four times, twice through saves he could have made. His shaky performance has cast further doubt on his future at the Bernabeu.
According to a report by Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, Real Madrid’s coaching staff have long harboured concerns about Lunin. Last night’s showing did little to assuage their worries.
The report claims that Lunin has failed to address key weaknesses identified by the coaches, including poor distribution and game management.
With Lunin’s contract expiring next summer, Real must decide whether to offer him an extension. While the board and players appreciate Lunin, the coaches remain unconvinced about his ability to improve.
Andriy Lunin Faces Uncertain Future After Disappointing Display
Cortegana writes that Lunin is seen as “fixed in his ways” and reluctant to accept advice. Though Lunin admits some shortcomings, he believes more playing time is required to develop. Real risk losing him for free if no new deal is agreed.
The report paints a worrying picture of Lunin’s situation at the Bernabeu. His calamitous performance last night has provided further evidence to suggest the coaching staff’s fears are well-founded.
Real have a big call to make on the goalkeeper as his contract ticks down. Lunin may well have squandered a golden chance to stake his claim as Courtois’ understudy with a display that lacked authority and exposed a raw talent still needing refinement.