Upon making the switch from Spain, Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc came out to speak a few words on their new arrival. “Achraf Hakimi is a young, very dynamic full-back who has played at the very highest level with Real Madrid and the Morocco national team.”
Graduating from the Real Madrid academy, the youngster found himself making 9 La Liga appearances for Los Blancos as well as making 5 appearances in the Copa del Rey and 2 appearances in Madrid’s title-winning Champions League run. The youngster will join the Dortmund squad in the United States as they begin preparations for the new Bundesliga season by taking part in the US pre-season tour date between 18th July to the 26th.
The Morocco international has tremendous speed and has a good work rate inculcated into his style of play. He can pick out a teammate combining speed and his crossing ability. Dortmund have two recognizable right backs in the squad in the likes of Lukasz Piszczek and Jeremy Toljan. Displacing Piszczek at right-back will be a tough ask for Achraf Hakimi but game time will not be out of sight for the youngster.
He is very capable of playing his part and contributing to the good of the team when given the opportunity, which will definitely come his way as Piszczek will be rested at some point during the season. Hakimi must take his chances when the time comes to impress those at Dortmund.
He will suit Der BVB well as their style of play will allow the right back to bomb up the field and support the attack, something which the player has inculcated in his game and would enjoy being part of. Signing for Dortmund will also give Hakimi the challenges of learning newer tricks and traits of a different league.
Real Madrid will unquestionably benefit greatly by sanctioning his loan move as two years is more than enough to learn the trades of a particular position when deployed in that area. German League is a fast one and is also tactically very sound, which will give Hakimi valuable experience. Chelsea youth player Andreas Christensen spent two years on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach and came back to London with enough experience to displace the likes of David Luiz from their starting 11.
If Hakimi takes this loan move in the correct stride, then there can be no telling how far this player will go to reaching the pinnacle of the modern game. But do you think a move away from Real Madrid is good enough for the young Moroccan at this point of his career?
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