Oscar Sanz believes Achraf Hakimi has the most promising future of all the Real Madrid players that currently find themselves playing away from the Santiago Bernabeu at the moment.
The El Pais journalist, who was being interviewed for an article by Bleacher Report, stated that he felt the Morocco international had become one of the “best full-backs in European football” and appeared to tip him to be a success with the Los Blancos in the future.
Sanz also drew comparisons to Dani Carvajal and suggested that Achraf could follow in the current first-choice right-back’s footsteps and go on the same journey as the Spaniard.
“The most important example of a loaned Real Madrid player in recent times is Carvajal,” he said. “When Jose Mourinho was manager, he didn’t like the cut of him, so Carvajal went to Germany, and he was the best full-back in the Bundesliga.
“Carvajal returned to Real Madrid having developed into an extraordinary footballer. Achraf, too, has developed into one of the best full-backs in European football. Real Madrid trusts in the development of these kinds of players.”
Indeed, Carvajal appeared to improve significantly during his time at Bayer Leverkusen, and it seems Real Madrid are prepared to try and take the same approach with Achraf.
The Moroccan, who is still only 20-years-old, is currently playing his Bundesliga football with Borussia Dortmund and appears to have become a key component of Lucien Favre’s machine at Signal Iduna Park stadium.
Achraf has played seven times in the German top-flight with two goals to his name in the competition (as well as playing both Champions League matches so far with two goals) and has been impressing with his performances.
A versatile full-back, he has achieved averages of 1.7 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 0.7 clearances, whilst his attacking contribution cannot go unnoticed. As well as the two goals, he has one assist, 0.9 shots, one key pass, 2.9 completed dribbles and 87.9% completed passes per game (per WhoScored).
When comparing that to Carvajal, perhaps, there is a chance that Achraf will be the “medium-term” replacement for the Spaniard.
According to WhoScored, the 27-year-old Los Blancos defender has managed to register three assists in his six La Liga appearances, with averages of 0.7 shots, 1.7 key passes, 0.7 completed dribbles, 2.5 tackles, 1.5 interceptions, one clearance and an 89% successful pass rate.
Indeed, with figures as good as his at the moment in the Bundesliga, the suggestion that he has started to develop into “one of the best full-backs in European football” does not appear to have been a remark that could be considered far-fetched, and it appears as though Real Madrid have a real talent on their hands in the future.
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