Real Madrid’s young and dynamic setup does not have many flaws. The squad appears stacked across all departments, and there remain very few voids for the administration to target and replenish.
One such weak link in the team has been at the left-back position. Ferland Mendy arrived at the club in 2019 as a long-term successor for Marcelo. However, it is now increasingly clear that the Frenchman does not have the required ceiling to remain the Merengues’ starting left-back for long.
The 28-year-old has been rock-solid in defence for the men in white more often than not, but his attacking deficiencies concern the management. After all, Los Blancos need lethal players on the flanks as the kings of counter-attacking football.
Florentino Perez approved the return of Fran Garcia midway through the 2022-23 campaign to place Mendy under pressure. The Spanish full-back arrived earlier this month and will feature in the upcoming preseason campaign.
According to reports from AS, Garcia has the advantage over Mendy to be the team’s starting left-back next season.
The French international will thus be reduced to a bench player next season, with most of his minutes likely coming as cameos. After all, Garcia was one of La Liga’s most consistent left-backs last season.
The 23-year-old played 90 minutes in all 38 of Rayo Vallecano’s league games last season, scoring two goals and providing three assists in the process. He averaged over eight defensive actions per game and oversaw nine clean sheets in that duration.
If Garcia fails to meet the expectations next season, Los Blancos will likely go all out for Alphonso Davies in the summer of 2024. After all, the Canadian international is one of the three players they see as a critical part of their long-term plans.
Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano
Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.
Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.
Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.
Real Madrid impressed by Endrick
Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.
The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.
And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.
Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.
Endrick also learning new languages
Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.
The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.
As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.
Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.