Real Madrid – La Liga First outfield signing since Kroos to fully fit in
Zinedine Zidane has found it difficult to phase out and replace the veteran members of his Champions League winning squads, but Ferland Mendy has made that easy in the case of Marcelo.
Not one outfield signing has progressed into becoming a regular starter since Toni Kroos, until Mendy‘s arrival in the summer of 2019.
He has outshone generational talents such as Martin Odegaard and Eden Hazard and has played so many minutes in the one and a half seasons he has been with Real Madrid.
Mendy has allowed Real Madrid to make the transition away from Marcelo with ease, and he has even been able to contribute at right-back and as an emergency third centre-back at times of desperation.
His influence on Los Blancos’ attacking moves is notable too. Not only did he scores against Getafe on Tuesday, but his successful dribbles are averaging at more than two per match.
He is enjoying success with 53 of his 81 attempts, which is more than Luka Modric (49 from 66) and Vinicius (40 from 93) in terms of the other leading dribblers in the squad.
Mendy‘s rate of successful dribbling is also the most for defenders across Europe’s top five leagues. Javi Galan does have more, but has been playing as a wing-back for Huesca, while Mendy comes next and is ahead of Theo Hernandez‘s 52 from 85.
Mendy has played every minute of the current Champions League campaign and, in his career with the Spanish giants to this point, he has played 57 matches.
Across those 57 games, he has played 4,520 minutes, with only Kroos surpassing that number in his first year and a half in the Spanish capital.