This article is part of Football FanCast’s Loan Watch series, which takes a closer look at those players who are aiming to galvanise their careers away from the spotlight of their parent club.
Real Madrid did not really have a dream start to their new 2019/20 Champions League campaign.
On the contrary, after two games played, Los Blancos have been subject to one humiliating defeat and one surprising draw, conceding a total of five goals in the process.
This puts them dead last in the group table and they will have a lot to work on in the future fixtures if they even want to survive until the knockout stages.
But one Real player, albeit a loanee, is having the time of his life away from the Spanish capital.
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Achraf Hakimi is a Real Madrid Castilla youth product who was sent on a two-year loan deal to Borussia Dortmund in 2018. And, on Wednesday, he was the star of the show as the German team beat Slavia Prague 2-0.
Both of those strikes came courtesy of the 20-year-old Hakimi, who produced a rather brilliant display to lead his team to victory.
Apart from those two goals, he also tallied a total of four shots, one dribble, two long balls and had 70% passing accuracy at the end of the night.
Overall, it was a really good performance and it earned him the Man of the Match award according to Whoscored, as he got a rating of 8.39.
Of course, back in Madrid, Zinedine Zidane already has a good right-back option in the form of Daniel Carvajal but Hakimi should definitely be on his radar for the future.
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This performance surely would have grabbed the Frenchman’s attention but the young Moroccan is actually thriving on his loan spell as a whole.
So far, he has played a total of 38 games for Dortmund and scored six goals while also assisting eight in the process.
And just this season alone, he already has one of each in six appearances in the Bundesliga.
If he continues performing like this, it will be only a matter of time before Real have him in their starting XI.