REAL MADRID

Real Madrid: Achraf has what Zidane wants

The all-purpose full-back has scored four goals in this year's Champions League campaign and six in all competitions.

Achraf, jugador del Dortmund cedido por el Real Madrid, celebra su segundo gol en el partido de Champions contra el Inter de Milán.
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As Real Madrid's struggles in front of goal continue, one player out on loan is beginning to shine on European and domestic stages. 

Achraf's Champions League goals soreley missed at Real Madrid

Achraf, who turned 21 on Monday, joined Borussia Dortmund on loan in the summer of 2018 and, after scoring a brace against Inter on Tuesday, has now scored more in the Champions League than the whole Madrid team put together. His four goals - including another brace against Slavia Prague - is more than Madrid, who face Galatasaray on Wednesday evening, have managed so far. At this stage of the competition, only two players have scored more: Haaland (seven goals in four games for Salzburg) and Lewandowski (five goals in three games for Bayern).

A welcome addition to the Madrid squad

In addition to his four Champions League goals, Achraf has another two in the Bundesliga, against Cologne and Freiburg, both away from home. That is a total of six goals so far this season, which would put him one behind Madrid's leading scorer Karim Benzema (7). Bale, Casemiro, Ramos and Rodrygo have all scored two, while Vinicius, Jovic, James, Lucas Vázquez, Hazard and Modric have one apiece.   

In short, Achraf's form is catching the eye, with his versatility prompting Lucien Favre to play him on both wings, either in defence or midfield, and he has already doubled his goal tally from last year.