The Real Madrid loanee who is quietly rebuilding his reputation

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The right-back position at Real Madrid has been a source of concern for the coaching staff since last season. The undisputed center owner is definitely Dani Carvajal who in my opinion is a better player than the explosive Achraf Hakimi or Trent Alexander-Arnold, the two main contenders for being the best in the world. A well-fitting Carvajal will always be at least optional.

However, Carvajal’s problems were related to fitness. For the majority of last season, he remained injured as Lucas Vazquez was turned into a temporary right-back under Zinedine Zidane. Vazquez handled the responsibility so well that to this day, even the new president Carlo Ancelotti has trusted him in this position.

Lucas Vazquez was injured in his second La Liga Clasico last season, creating a worrying gap in defence. Alvaro Odriozola, the signature from Real Sociedad, was a natural choice. Odriozola took the opportunity with great responsibility. In the end, he remained one of the main contributors to the career of Real Madrid. He also had two crucial endings to his name at the end of the season along with playing very brightly on the right flank by providing cross passes and putting his body in the attacking line. Although he was not without faults in his technique, he did make a decisive act as he put one hundred percent on the field.

This season, Carlo Ancelotti decided to put him out on loan for a season of refinement. He made a good case to stay and tackle the reserve role at right-back but the versatile presence of Lucas Vazquez and Nacho Fernandez made the decision easier. Odriozola could certainly be the future of Real Madrid at right-back. He made a strong case to be last season, and this season on loan at Fiorentina, he’s been playing some of football’s most consistent matches.

Alvaro Odriozola of Fiorentina Football Club (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

Odriozola was the best choice for Vincenzo Italiano in RB

Fiorentina is a vast team with plenty of options for head coach Vincenzo Italiano to choose from for each role in the squad. The Italian coach also tried some formations while firing his players. The 4-3-3 method most commonly used appears to be the mainstay. 4-3-3 is also a traditional form that Real Madrid uses mostly. Meaning Odriozola has a natural advantage in playing this format.

Italiano’s other options are Marco Benassi and Lorenzo Vinotti, who have emerged as the traditional right-back in this traditional form. A quick look at the numbers is enough to indicate that Alvaro Odriozola is the best possible option for the team at right-back. This is particularly good news for the Spaniard as the situation at Real Madrid has not been giving him much of the time he is now enjoying in Florence.

Odriozola looked his nature in the form of 4-3-3. He does what he is good at, slicing his long, accurate ball play at a rate of 2.1 per game (89% success rate), per SofaScore game. His association play with the likes of Ricardo Sabonara and Dusan Vlahovic was fun to watch. He only has one direct goal with an assist against Spezia in the last match where he was an excellent sub player. His introduction to the game really changed things. He also came very close to scoring a second penalty kick for his team but the decision was taken against him.

The numbers really don’t do him justice. His accurate passes and his intrusion into the penalty area were top notch and he should have had more passes in his name. He also came close to scoring twice. His performance against Udinese in particular stands out, an excellent defensive technique to secure the first clean sheet of the season for Fiorentina. He finished the game with two tackles, one interception, and two decisive passes, according to WhoScored. He also made super passes with two successful passes in the penalty area and three successful long balls.

He’s created six chances so far with an average of 1.25 shot creations per 90 minutes, per FBref. If he continues at the pace at which he is currently playing, he may be looking for a satisfactory number of goal posts by the end of the season. And best of all, it wasn’t all about his attacking ability as a full-back.

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It was more than just an adaptation in the back. Fiorentina plays an open football brand very similar to Real Madrid which is currently playing under the leadership of Carlo Ancelotti. He was making great strides in his development as a defender behind yards of green grass. Fiorentina have kept two of their three nets this season when Odriozola was on the pitch. He was already a loaner who had silently rebuild his reputation until now. We only hope that he will develop further to help Real Madrid obtain the right-back position without having to venture into the transfer market. Odriozola could provide some crucial transfer budget for the club.

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