Real Madrid were amazed to find a player so composed at just 19 years old, but Eduardo Camavinga is a special talent and he has arrived at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu as a well prepared young man.

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Having already been pivotal in a season where Rennes qualified for the Champions League, and then played in the competition with the French club, Camavinga has played more senior football than most players his age, and this is working to his advantage in the Spanish capital.

Casemiro’s absence in Wednesday’s victory over Athletic Club wasn’t felt nearly as much as it would have been in previous years, with the French teenager filling in expertly.

Still, there had been divided opinions.

Oihan Sancet’s goal came from Camavinga losing the ball and not getting close enough to his man before he shot. He also committed several fouls that could have landed him a yellow card, eventually picking one up in the 64th minute that will see him miss Madrid’s first game of the New Year against Getafe. Yellow cards are to be avoided when playing as the sole pivot.

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The Frenchman now has one yellow card every 124 minutes, while Casemiro, the man he was replacing, has received one yellow card every 273 minutes he’s played in 2021-22.

Given Camavinga’s youth, this is something to be expected – he didn’t play that much football at Rennes before joining Madrid in the summer and is on a steep learning curve.

But these are the things that he must learn to succeed in the Spanish capital.

Well, the young man is still in his early phase and has been very impressive – Camavinga is going to be a player for Real Madrid for a decade, he just looks so comfortable in the famous white shirt, and he is learning well from Casemiro.

His natural game is more forward-thinking, his incredible technical abilities allow him to create chances in attack, and he needs to work on his defensive abilities.

Going in the right direction

This is the value of Carlo Ancelotti and Casemiro’s influence upon him, he was able to show his ability to receive the ball in front of the defence and just move it on to either Toni Kroos or Federico Valverde.

The 2021-22 season might not see him become a regular starter for Los Merengues, but the work he is putting in now will stand him in a good place for the future.

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Ancelotti is showing him the right way, helping him buff out the youthful exuberance which causes some mistakes and this will leave Real Madrid with an elite midfielder for long after the veteran coach has departed.

It is also a further positive mark for the club’s recruitment strategy of the past years, with fiscal solidity being of vital importance to Florentino Perez.

This may well turn if Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland are attainable in the summer of 2022, but Camavinga represents a bargain already, and he will only continue to look more impressive a signing as he gets better and more experienced.


Courtesy: MARCA and Football Espana

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