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Rodrygo emerges as viable replacement for Vinicius Jr. at Real Madrid

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With Vinicius Jr. sidelined until February 2024, Real Madrid seems to have found an ideal replacement in Rodrygo. While Rodrygo has played across various attacking positions, he has particularly excelled on the left, a position predominantly occupied by Vinicius.

Rodrygo’s standout performance in the recent victory against Cádiz showcased his ability to exploit the left side, delivering two spectacular goals and providing an assist for Bellingham’s goal. The Brazilian’s adeptness with his right foot and skillful dribbling make him a potent force from the left wing.

Recalling Rodrygo’s official debut with Real Madrid in 2019, he made an instant impact on the left flank, displaying exquisite ball control and scoring with his right foot. However, circumstances, including Hazard’s presence and injuries, limited his opportunities in that position.

While Rodrygo has demonstrated versatility by playing in various attacking roles, he expressed a preference for the attacking midfield position. Yet, with Bellingham occupying that role, Rodrygo’s versatility allows for discussion regarding his effectiveness on the left flank.

As Vinicius recovers, the spotlight turns to Ancelotti’s decision on the attacking lineup. Additionally, the potential arrival of Mbappé in the summer of 2024 could present a challenge in managing three highly talented players, all thriving on the left.

Rodrygo’s adaptability positions him favorably, with his recent performance affirming his prowess on the left wing. The coming months will reveal how Ancelotti navigates these attacking options.

Source: Diario AS

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