Serie A Europe’s most prolific defender
Real Madrid have been finding it difficult to find the back of the net in recent weeks, as shown with their 1-1 draw against Elche and a 0-0 draw against Osasuna in their last two away trips.
Former Real Madrid right-back Achraf Hakimi, however, has been in fine form in front of goal this season and has even broken the record of being Inter‘s highest-scoring defender since Maicon in 2009/10, following his goal in a 2-2 draw with Roma last weekend.
“Inter signed the defender after the departure of [Joao] Cancelo. He is the second best in the world behind [Trent] Alexander-Arnold and his price is appropriate,” said former Inter player Daniele Adani.
Christian Vieri echoed the comments of Adani, but former Real Madrid player Antonio Cassano didn’t agree.
“He has scored several goals, but for me, he is a player with a difference, he is confused and needs to be set free,” said Cassano.
Achraf already showed his worth at Borussia Dortmund last year when he scored nine goals and assisted 10, and this year he is already on the way to beating his previous statistics.
The Moroccan has six goals and four assists in 17 games, making him the highest-scoring defender in the five major European leagues.
The defenders that are chasing Achraf for the top spot are Atalanta’s Robin Gosens with five goals and then a host of defenders on four goals, including Angelino, Theo Hernandez, Marvin Friedrich, Kurt Zouma and Damien da Silva.
At Inter, only Romelu Lukaku (12) and Lautaro Martinez (nine) have more than Achraf, despite him having only started 11 games.
“With his qualities we can be more dangerous in attack, although we run the risk of leaving the door open in defence,” acknowledged Antonio Conte.
“We are currently working to make him more complete.”
Diego Milito also praised Achraf but denied that there were any parallels with him and Maicon.
“I don’t like to make comparisons, he is young and I don’t want to push him too much, but he has everything in order to become phenomenal: his pace, stamina and physical strength.” said Milito.