Carlo Ancelotti has not always been fair with Eduardo Camavinga when it comes to utilising him at Real Madrid. The youngster is not a regular starter and when he has started, the 20-year-old has been repeatedly substituted at half-time.
But he continues to show that he is worth the hype around his name. And according to reports from AS, Real Madrid’s technical staff believes that Camavinga should become a regular starter in the team’s dynamics.
While Aurelien Tchouameni has quickly cemented his place as a starter under the Italian tactician, Camavinga has struggled to do the same so far owing to the strong competition for a place in the upper midfield. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are regular starters, making it difficult for Camavinga to see minutes.
However, his situation could now see a turnaround after the Frenchman’s surprising performance in the recent La Liga clash against Athletic Club.
Ancelotti deployed him as the pivot during the game, and Camavinga took the opportunity with both hands showing the world that his true strength lies in defensive midfield.
Camavinga could now compete directly with Tchouameni for a starting spot as the deepest midfielder. Else, Ancelotti has the option of pairing the two French proteges in a double pivot, although that would sacrifice one player from the central midfield.
The 20-year-old has played 17 games for Los Blancos this season, albeit starting only on six occasions. He is yet to find the back of the net but has assisted one goal.
The second half of the season could see the Frenchman rise to the spotlight as the Merengues face a tight schedule. With a game every three days, Ancelotti will look to use Camavinga more regularly and give him opportunities to cement his spot.
Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January
Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.
For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.
According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.
For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.
For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.
Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.
For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.
Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.