Alphonso Davies: The Dream Left-Back Real Madrid Should

Real Madrid’s left-back situation may not currently raise pressing concerns, but recent reports suggest they should pay closer attention to bolstering this position, especially given the potential that lies with Alphonso Davies.

Ferland Mendy, when at his best, can be akin to a shutdown corner in the NFL, nearly impenetrable in defense. While his ball-playing abilities had been a topic of debate, injuries over the past two years have eroded the defensive solidity that once defined him.

On the flip side, Fran Garcia, reacquired for €5 million this summer after two and a half successful seasons at Rayo Vallecano, brings incredible speed and an exceptional work rate. His ability to seamlessly cover ground on the pitch and trouble defenders with his bursts forward is a notable strength. However, Garcia’s defensive attributes, while solid, don’t necessarily make him stand out.

The return of Garcia seemingly aimed to provide competition for Mendy, but there remains speculation about Real Madrid’s long-term solution at left-back, a common occurrence at the club.

The dream acquisition that has garnered substantial attention is Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies. The Canadian left-back is reportedly open to a move to the Santiago Bernabeu and has discussed the possibility with former Bayern teammate David Alaba.

However, Fichajes, referencing BILD information, suggests that Davies hasn’t ruled out staying with Bayern Munich. A lucrative contract offer from the German club could sway his decision.

Davies’ contract with Bayern runs until 2025, and it’s likely that either they will try to extend his deal or consider selling him next summer. This presents an opportunity for Real Madrid to secure his services at a potentially favorable price, raising the question of whether they can match Bayern’s financial offer to Davies.

While the cost of acquiring Davies may be substantial, his uniqueness and potential make him a valuable asset. Mendy and Garcia are solid left-back options, but both have limitations that Davies can surpass. The Canadian captain, despite occasional injury and fitness concerns, is entering the prime of his career, which could extend well into his late twenties.

Davies’ exceptional recovery pace was a pivotal factor in Bayern’s 2020 Champions League victory, as few players can match his ability to chase down opponents moving in behind the defensive line. His presence allows a higher defensive line, making it easier to apply pressure across the pitch.

Moreover, Davies possesses offensive and technical skills that Garcia has yet to fully demonstrate. With Vinicius Junior typically occupying the left-wing role, signing Davies would finally provide Real Madrid with an effective overlapping option.

Alphonso Davies possesses numerous talents that could be elaborated upon, but it’s clear that he stands as one of the genuine difference-makers in football. Pursuing his signature would be well worth any potential financial complexities, especially considering that both Mendy and Garcia are young, already elite in their positions, and likely to continue improving. In theory, addressing the left-back position with Davies could provide a long-term solution, ultimately saving the club money down the line.

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