Real Madrid are off to a dream start to the new season. They have registered five back-to-back wins in La Liga, which puts them at the top of the league table with 15 points on the board, two ahead of arch-rivals Barcelona.
Two protagonists of their successful start to the season have been Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes. The Brazilian duo has performed spectacularly, helping Real Madrid remain on par with Barça.
Rodrygo and Vinicius have combined for a total of six goals, with the latter being the joint top-goalscorer for the club this season. But here at Madrid Universal, we will dig a little deeper into the overall statistics of these two players and gain a perspective of their contributions in the final third in these early parts of the campaign.
Rodrygo, for one, is leading the league in terms of shot-creating actions per 90 minutes, with an astonishing tally of 8.02. Vinicius is not far behind, having averaged more than five shot-creating actions per 90 so far this season.
Their collective shot-creating actions tally is 13.20 is higher than the collective total of Cadiz and Getafe. Even Real Sociedad’s tally of 13.40 SCA90 is narrowly higher than the two.
Meanwhile, Vinicius is third only to Alex Berenguer and teammate Benzema, in terms of shots attempted in the league so far. Vinicius also averages 1.60 shots on target per 90 while Rodrygo has a higher tally of 1.78. Both of them are in the top ten in the league, in the corresponding metric.
Another metric that portrays the sheer dominance the two have had in the league so far is the dribbling and possession data that suggests Vinicius is the most successful dribbler in the league, with 15 completed dribbles. He has also registered 253 carries, which is the fourth highest in the league.
Rodrygo may not lead the league in this regard, but his tally of 1.78 completed dribbles per game is considerably higher than the league average.
However, apart from scoring goals, creating chances or making life difficult for the opposition, these two have also worked hard defensively for their team. Both of them, after all, average more than 17 pressure per 90, which is considered quite healthy for explosive wingers such as these two.
These statistics are coupled with an excellent conversion rate and a healthy understanding with their teammates, making Vinicius and Rodrygo the beating heart of the Real Madrid attack that has shown a lot of promise in these early parts of the campaign.
Stat courtesy: FBRef
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.