Much to the frustration of Real Madrid fans, Achraf Hakimi is hours away from signing for Inter Milan.
Today we look into the possible reasons why Real Madrid sold such a talented and young La Fabrica player.
1. Defensive Abilities
Achraf Hakim shines in offense but defensively he’s not as established.
Defensively, Achraf Hakimi lacks the consistency he’s shown from an offensive standpoint. His poor defensive positioning in particular has made him a target for opponents. Not tight enough in defense, he allows space due to uncertainty of who to cover, the winger or the fullback, a dilemma many wingbacks have in 3-4-3/3-5-2 formations. In defense he often finds himself out of position and uncertain who to cover, giving space to both while not providing much help to the CB. In a 3-4-3 system, the wing-back either marks the opposition winger or presses up against the opposition full-back. The lack of clarity in his decision-making results in uncertainty, which gives opponents time and space to get on the ball and make the action.
However, Hakimi is young and if he is determined then he will improve his defensive game in the coming years.Embed from Getty Images
2. Finances and post-pandemic economy
The pandemic has caused a huge blow to the world’s economy and the football teams are starting to feel it as well. While Real Madrid is a club that’s run very well, they too are going to feel the consequences of the pandemic.
Real Madrid is one of the few clubs which are expected to survive the hit without huge damage, but even they must be careful. The club and the players have agreed to lower the wages 10% or 20%, depending on how the situation develops. Selling a player for 40 million in this climate is not as bad as it sounds. We at Daily Madrid think that Hakimi is worth much more than that. The same feeling was voiced by many Real Madrid fans around the world on social media.
Empty stadiums, refunds to seasonal ticket holders, and the canceled Bernabeu tours – all of these translate to huge income losses. It’s reported that Real Madrid earn 4M per home game (basketball games included), and with 6 (or possibly 8, depending on the outcome of the return leg vs City in UCL) games played without fans, that means the club will lose the income of around 24 to 32 million euros, a huge blow for any team or company.
Bernabeu tour, which has around 1.3 million visitors per year brings in revenues of around 17 million. That too is canceled for the moment. Refunds to season ticket holders should also be taken into consideration. Although nothing has been reported on this matter yet.
The money from Hakimi’s sale could also be used to fund the purchases of other players, although Real Madrid will most likely not be signing anyone this season. The interest in signing players like Camavinga, Haaland or Mbappe is always there.
It’s also reported that Hakimi will earn much higher wages then he does with Real Madrid, although if he were to extend with Real Madrid, it would be the same in the end, probably.
3. Dani Carvajal
Dani is one of Zidane’s guys. The coach likes him a lot, so much that in fact he decided to send Odriozola, our only other proper right back, on loan to Bayern in the middle of the season. Carvajal has not been his usual self during this and the previous season, but he’s still a world-class player and one of the top 5 right-backs in the world. Hakimi coming back means that he would have to compete for a spot with Dani Carvajal, and it looks the Moroccan is not interested in that and wants guaranteed playing time. Real Madrid also play 4-4-2 and 4-3-3, which suits Carvajal more as Hakimi shines the most in 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 formations.
Defensively, Dani is much better than Hakimi, and if paired with a good winger (something that the club currently lacks) he’s great in offense too.
Age might be a factor here too. Dani is 28 and Hakimi is 21. That means that it’s not expected that Carvajal will decline in the next 2 to 3 years and Hakimi could spend that time playing and further developing his game at another team before possibly coming back to Real Madrid in the future.
Hakimi’s lack of interest in competing for a spot with Dani Carvajal has frustrated Real Madrid fans, with many questioning if he has the right mentality to succeed at the club. Hakimi has been at the club for a long time and he knows the pressure and expectations that come with being a Real Madrid player.