Vinicius Jr. is one of Real Madrid’s most lethal players in the final third. Playing on the left wing, he is capable of taking down even the world’s best defenders on his own and changing the game.
Yet, his impact on the flank is slightly subdued owing to the lack of an attacking full-back. The arrival of Fran Garcia made up for the deficit, in part, but there is still the tangible need for a new attacking left-back.
Davies is the man
As revealed several times over the past few months, Real Madrid have their eyes on Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies as their primary left-back target. However, they are aware that signing him from the Bavarians is easier said than done.
Real Madrid see Davies as a priority target and will go after him next summer. Luckily for them, the player is also leaning towards the switch to Spain and is in contact with Los Blancos, as revealed by Kerry Hau.
Davies’ contract in Germany runs out in the summer of 2025, and Bayern wish to renew his deal at the earliest. However, there are no talks of negotiations yet, and it could be a part of Real Madrid’s plan.
The Merengues reportedly are asking their transfer targets to decline renewal offers and push for free transfers at the end of their contracts. In Davies’ case, they hope to sign him next summer for a nominal fee if he does not renew with Bayern.
Lethal down the left
The 23-year-old full-back has been a regular starter for the Bavarians this season, starting ten times in the Bundesliga and aggregating three assists in the process.
He also averages 1.6 key passes, over five defensive actions and a staggering three defensive actions per game.
Davies is a player tailor-made for the counter-attacking game, and with his pace, can revolutionise Real Madrid’s playing style. Further, he could be the key that takes Vinicius Jr to even greater heights.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo