Marco Asensio is Zinedine Zidane's forgotten man at Real Madrid

Asensio's played just 44 minutes in Madrid's three biggest games

Marco Asensio he remains on the bench despite his performances

Marco Asensio celebrando su gol frente a Las Palmas
Marco Asensio celebrando su gol frente a Las Palmas | AFP

Marco Asensio can't be happy with his participation under Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid. Despite being one of the few players in form so far this season, he's disappeared in recent games. In the three biggest games Madrid have played this season -- the two against Tottenham and the derby against Atletico -- he has played just 44 minutes. 

Albert Gracia

Those are low numbers when you keep in mind the disappointing form of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in front of goal this season. They have just two between them in La Liga. The BBC are going through a bad spell, but Asensio remains a player continually left on the bench. 

The former Mallorca player has played a total of 1,022 minutes, although it's the importance of those minutes which is interesting. He has scored seven goals and given two assists, which makes him more productive than Ronaldo in all competitions. He scores a goal every 146 minutes, while Benzema scores one every 469. Asensio's played 19 times this season but has started just eight matches.  

The only 'big' game he started was against Valencia in the second game of the league season. And he was decisive, scoring two goals. Since then, though, he's not played in any of Madrid's more important meetings. 

Sunken by his role as a rotation player, his presence on the pitch has decreased in recent games and his form has dipped as a result. A lack of minutes, naturally, comes with drop in performance levels. The status quo of the BBC does not seem to be up for debate and Asensio is the biggest loser under Zidane at the moment. 

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