The on-loan star is plying his trade in Bundesliga but would be back in Spain as his two year loan deal concludes at the end of 2019/20 campaign.
To come out of Real Madrid youth academy is a big task. The club are not know for grooming their youth but bringing in establish mega stars.
While the club did curtail their spending after the failed experiments of Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez, their DNA remains the same. To take them out of Cristiano Ronaldo’s shadows, services of Eden Hazard were procured this summer.
All the while, Barcelona have managed their stranglehold on Spanish top flight competition with a core group of La Masia graduates. Lionel Messi leads that list with Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets helping maintain their dominance in Primera Division.
It is in the progression of Pique and Alba that Real Madrid have found the blueprint for transfer market success. Young players have been allowed to leave and prove themselves away from Camp Nou to be brought back and integrated in the Catalan dressing room.
In Madrid, only Daniel Carvajal has followed this route. While Lucas Vazquez has made into the squad, he is not considered a first team starter. But Carvajal has wrestled the right-back position his own, with pretenders like Alvaro Odriozola consigned to the bench.
However, following the Spanish international’s footsteps is another Castilla graduate looking to break into Real Madrid’s starting eleven. Achraf Hakimi is making his mark in Bundesliga, just like Carvajal did six years ago.
After a less than impressive season in Borussia Dortmund, Hakimi has earned the trust of Lucien Favre. The Spanish defender has been an ever present figure in BVB first team, making 21 appearances in the 2019/20 campaign. And Hakimi has been instrumental for them.
The 21 year old is solid in defense, with his attacking attributed complementing BVB’s forwards. Not only has he scored six goals, but also provided four assists for his teammates. In Bundesliga, Hakimi has scored twice while providing four assists, winning the man of the match accolade twice.
The Castilla graduate has been more effective in Europe. It was Hakimi who put Antonio Conte’s enterprising Inter Milan to the sword. He has participated in four UEFA Champions League matches, hitting the back of the net an equal number of time.
It is based on his performances in Europe and assuredness in Bundesliga that makes one believe Achraf Hakimi can make the right-back slot his own at the Bernabeu.
Carvajal has another pretender for his throne and only time will tell if he can sustain his brilliance.