At 20 years old, Achraf Hakimi of BVB Dortmund is just starting his career in football. Looking at his stats though, he has achieved more in his short career than many of players ever will. He became only 20th African player to ever lift the Champions league, and shortly after went to World Cup. Representing your nation and lifting trophies is what all young players dream of. The defender is definitely one of FootballOwl’s One to Watch.
Hakimi stats – Real Madrid
Born in Madrid to parents of Moroccan descent, Hakimi joined Real Madrid’s youth setup in 2006. From this he moved through the system, and made his senior debut in 2016. Then in his first full season, Hakimi started 8 games for Real Madrid, and looked instantly comfortable. He averaged an impressive 2.3 tackles per game and made 1.8 clearances. Comparatively strong, Hakimi looked able to keep up. Going forward, though, is what separated him from the rest. In 9 appearances, he totaled 22 successful dribbles with a 71% success rate. Impressive by accomplished attackers’ standards. The full back looked extremely comfortable getting forward. The impressive season even saw him get on the scoresheet twice. The heatmap from WhoScored shows his high, wide position on the pitch.
Hakimi was unlucky enough not to be in the Real Madrid squad for the final stages of the Champions League. The Spanish giants of course managed to lift the trophy after an incredible final against Liverpool. For starring in games against Tottenham, he was able to even be awarded a winners’ medal
Hakimi stats – BVB Dortmund
At the start of the 2018 season, Hakimi signed to BVB Dortmund on a two-year loan. He was described as ‘a young, very dynamic full-back who has played at the very highest level’. High praise from Hakimi’s BVB Dortmund’s sporting director. Since joining Dortmund he has made 14 appearances for the team sitting at the top of the table. Defensively, he averages 2.1 tackles per game and 1.9 clearences, but again attacking-wise is where the youngster shows his talents. With 2 goals and 4 assists, Hakimi shows how much of an attacking threat he can be. Even grabbing a goal and an assist in his most recent game against Hannover. His chalkboard shows he even played on the right for some of the game!
He has impressed again in Europe this season, playing 4 games in the Champions League and helping BVB Dortmund to beat Athletico Madrid with a hat trick of assists. Dortmund now face Tottenham in the round of 16 where Hakimi will hope to help take the German side through the competition to the later stages.
BVB Dortmund are having a spectacular season, and with an average squad age of 24.9 years, there is a lot to come. The time spent on loan will help Hakimi will hope to grow alongside the likes of Jadon Sancho and Paco Alcácer.
Hakimi’s stats and the future
In the age of the high press, having strong wing backs with the ability to attack as well as defend is a key with the likes of Andy Robertson doing so well at Liverpool and Kenny Lala in the French Ligue 1. Real Madrid don’t let players go very easily, and at the end of Hakimi’s loan in sure Dortmund, along with almost all big clubs in the World, will be racing for the youngsters signature. Achraf Hakimi is one of BVB Dortmund’s
EDIT: Since publishing this article, Achraf Hakimi has been named in Whoscored’s Under 21 team of the week. He made 7 interceptions and going forward made 5 dribbles