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11th Jul 2017

The nerves *may* have got to Real Madrid’s latest signing during unveiling

He's surely better than this

Darragh Murphy

Taking to the Bernabeu pitch for the first time as a Real Madrid player must be daunting.

And the nerves that surely accompany being presented to the club’s supporters, with the Spanish press watching on, just may have affected Theo Hernandez as he was unveiled as Zinedine Zidane’s latest signing this week.

Hernandez, a left back who signed from Atletico Madrid following a loan spell with Alaves, spoke of how he wants to follow in Marcelo’s footsteps and become the best left back in the world.

Well he might want to get working on his touch if he is to match the Brazilian’s level because Hernandez’s control wouldn’t exactly fill Real fans with confidence just based on how he performed some keepy-uppies at his official unveiling.

Showing off some skills is typical of these events but you’d genuinely put your money on Cristiano Ronaldo’s son having more composure with keepy-uppies than Hernandez, whose control abandoned him after three touches of the football.

As he shifted the ball from his right foot back to his left, he panicked ever so slightly and it shot above his head before it then rocketed off the outside of his boot, forcing him to stretch and knock it over his head.

The ball rebounded high up into the air and just when you’d have backed the French U20 international to kill it dead, redeem himself and start again, it got away from him and he was forced to bounce it up into his hands, defeated.

€24 million well spent…