Acraf Hakimi has been on a two-year loan spell at Borrusia Dortmund. He’s one of the best modern right-backs in the world at the moment with several clubs across Europe chasing the young Moroccan for his signature and now, he has a big decision to make regarding his future.
Hakimi has been a consistent performer for Dortmund scoring 10 goals with 10 assists in his 45 appearances for the club in all competitions this season. His impact is evident in Dortmund’s improved performances most especially in defence and attack.
Hakimi has contributed 84% of passes creating scoring chances for his teammates such as Sancho, Guerrero and Halland respectively which makes him a high target during the transfer season. With the Moroccan international’s loan spell coming to an end this season, the big question asked is: ‘Will Acraf Hakimi be a capable long-term replacement for Carvajal at Real Madrid?
Acraf has greatly improved and transformed into a better player since he left Real Madrid in 2017. Zidane, head coach for Madrid recently made positive comments about the Moroccan: “I am happy he’s progressed into a good player and you can see he’s working so hard”.
Surprisingly, he didn’t mention whether he would recall the 21-year-old back to his parent club since he was the first person to give him a chance to play professional football.
“I will always be grateful to Zidane for giving me the opportunity to play professional football and believing in me so much,” said Acraf Hakimi.
Will Acraf Hakimi be a capable long-term replacement for Carvajal at Real Madrid?
The right-back position at Los Blancos has had a fair share of legends. From the likes of Marquitos, Chendo, Michel Salgado and Daniel Carvajal currently Zidane’s number one.
Comparing players is sometimes hard and there’s no way one would try to compare Achraf to players mentioned above most especially Carvajal who has immensely contributed a lot to Real Madrid’s success in the last decade.
Either way, Hakimi’s numbers have improved drastically including his physical strength, stamina and speed. He recently set a record of 36.2km/h against RB Leipzig for the fastest sprint in the Bundesliga.
On top of that, he is so hardworking and aggressive. He’s got the experience now, represented his home country at the 2019 AFCON and the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which gives Zidane all reasons to sign him back.
Will he take his talents elsewhere?
With growing speculations and uncertainty on where his next destination will be, many clubs are so much interested in case he doesn’t join his parent club. Clubs like Chelsea and Man City have shown interests in landing the Moroccan international.
However, Manchester City seems to be the favourites to sign him for regular football and will he be assured of winning trophies under Pep Guardiola’s command.
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Author: Hope Mugisha
Hope Mugisha is a determined sports analyst with the love for adventure, writing and travel. She is also a leading talk show sports analyst for Urban TV and Sanyu FM respectively.