Although many Real Madrid supporters hoped that the club would emphasize the right-back position this summer, it does not appear that Los Blancos would do so in 2022.
After a string of poor performances, including back-to-back disaster classes against PSG and Barcelona, Dani Carvajal redeemed himself. When it counted most, he put in one of the most memorable right-back performances of the season in the Champions League Final, shutting down the exciting and in-form Luis Diaz.
Real has the undervalued Lucas Vazquez behind him, who is one of the best right-backs in the world. He makes up for his lack of bulk by being excellent in one-on-one duels and in moving the ball forward. Vazquez has a good understanding of the subtleties of the right-back position.
While Real Madrid may be able to get by for another year without spending on the right-back position, they must keep an eye on right-backs in the long run.
Pedro Porro of Sporting CP has long been touted as Real Madrid’s best option, but Real Madrid should look beyond him. Malo Gusto of Lyon is an 18-year-old phenomenon who deserves to be recognized, but there is an even better young right back in Ligue 1 who deserves to be discussed further.
In the winter transfer window, Vanderson joined Monaco from Gremio for 11 million euros, and the 20-year-old quickly established himself as one of the top players on the side that finished third in Ligue 1.
It’s unusual for a young right back to perform so well, especially one who had only recently joined a new squad during the winter transfer window. Normally, a defender would have to adjust to a new league and team in the midst of the season, but Vanderson struck the ground running in a way that few right-backs have done. He was unquestionably one of the league’s greatest performers at the position.
Vanderson is a terrific two-way presence at right-back, and his main flaw is that he does not have an EU passport…yet. That would be Real Madrid’s only problem, because they recently signed another excellent young Brazilian, Shakhtar Donetsk’s promising Vinicius Tobias, on loan.
Vanderson, on the other hand, has more experience at the highest level and is a superior defender. As a result, he should still be considered, particularly if he achieves even greater heights in 2022/23. Given that he’ll have a whole offseason and a half-season in Ligue 1, it’s frightening to imagine what he’ll be capable of next season.
As a result, Real Madrid must make Vanderson a priority on their right-back shortlist. He’s one of the top three prospects at the position, with Gusto and Porro. You never know how things may turn out in the future, but one thing is certain: Real Madrid is keeping a careful eye on Monaco. Real have had their eyes on this illustrious Ligue 1 club for a long time, from James Rodriguez to Kylian Mbappe to Benoit Badiashile, and now to another player, they have really signed in Aurelien Tchouameni. Vanderson has the potential to be the next great thing out of Monaco.