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DARKEST TIME: Ronaldo China 'disappear' in La Liga

DARKEST TIME: Ronaldo China 'disappear' in La Liga

Getting high expectations from home fans, however "Ronaldo China" Wu Lei is still very difficult to find a foothold in Spain.

In round 23rd of La Liga 2019/20 season, Espanyol won a valuable 1-0 victory against Mallorca, thereby leveling the point with this opponent in the relegation race. Although Espanyol still ranked at the bottom in the standing, the performance of the Catalan team is improving in recent rounds.

Notably, Chinese striker Wu Lei continued to sit out for the 7th consecutive match. In all those 7 matches, the current "Golden Ball" of China played only a mere 55 minutes, all being the substitution cards. The 28-year-old striker only left a mark as he scored against Barcelona in the 19th round in the Catalonia derby.

DARKEST TIME: Ronaldo China disappear in La Liga

However, ever since then, the No. 1 hope of Chinese football has been pushed to the bench. The reason is that Espanyol has just brought striker Raul de Tomas in the winter transfer window, thus he immediately shined and won the confidence of the coaching staff.

Wu Lei's situation is making Chinese media extremely worried. Sina Sports uses the phrase "in the dark" to describe the current situation of former Shanghai SIPG star. Many news agencies also expressed their pessimism about Wu Lei's future in Espanyol.

"At the present time, Wu Lei has seven consecutive games sitting on the bench. During this 55 minutes of playing, it is difficult to compare with the performance of Raul de Tomas. Wu Lei is in the darkest time since joining the Spanish team", Sina newspaper commented.