The emergence of young talents is always a cause for excitement and anticipation in football. Such is the case with Aurélien Tchouameni, the French midfielder who has taken the reins in Real Madrid’s midfield and showcased his immense potential in his second year with the club. With an impressive performance during the pre-season and a notable debut against Athletic Bilbao, Tchouameni has undoubtedly made a strong case for himself.
After a somewhat inconsistent first season, where he gradually lost his place in the starting lineup, Tchouameni has displayed a renewed determination and drive. Although he started off quietly against Milan, he quickly established himself as one of the standout performers in Madrid’s midfield against formidable opponents like Manchester United and Barcelona. His performances were more than noteworthy, demonstrating his physical prowess, technical ability, and composure on the ball. The absence of Tchouameni in the defeat against Juventus was palpable, as Madrid appeared disjointed and vulnerable. However, his return in the season opener brought back solidity to the team, overpowering a completely nullified Athletic Bilbao side.
At just 23 years old, Tchouameni has become the anchor of Real Madrid’s revamped midfield, where veterans Toni Kroos and Luka Modric seem destined to assume more secondary roles. This midfield exudes youthful energy, with an average age of 22.4 years, and Tchouameni acts as the authoritative and indomitable guardian. He provides the perfect shield for Valverde, Camavinga, and Bellingham to venture forward and unleash devastating attacks, as witnessed in their scintillating display at San Mamés. Amongst the quartet, Aurélien is the only one who doesn’t seem to have a fixed substitute. While both Kroos and Ceballos possess the required skill set to fill his role, their profiles do not match the physical robustness and defensive solidity that the French international brings to the midfield.
Tchouameni was destined to step up and reclaim the impressive physical form that earned him the title of “Europe’s most ball-recovering player” during his time at Monaco. He meticulously prepared himself in Los Angeles alongside his long-time trainer, Fabrice Gautier, with whom he has been working since the age of 17. The results of his rigorous training regime are evident. Despite the defeat against Barcelona in pre-season, Tchouameni’s statistics were remarkable: 90% pass accuracy, two key passes, three successful dribbles, and 7 out of 10 duels won. These numbers, particularly his exceptional passing accuracy (97% against United and 94.4% against Athletic), highlight his proficiency at the highest level, firmly establishing him as one of the world’s best in his position.
His objective for this second year in the Spanish capital is crystal clear: to regain his form and sensations. And so far, he is on the right track. When Tchouameni performs at his best, Real Madrid feels his impact, growing in strength and stability on the field. Conversely, his absence is sorely missed. The club’s confidence in him remains unwavering, especially after his impressive start to the season. He has taken a significant step forward during the pre-season, and it is hoped that this year he can solidify his position as a regular starter. The lessons learned from last year are evident, as Tchouameni becomes increasingly audacious and capable of overshadowing the departed Casemiro, who left exactly a year ago.
Aurélien Tchouameni’s rise to prominence in Real Madrid’s midfield is a testament to his talent, dedication, and growth as a player. With his physical dominance, technical finesse, and unwavering stability, he has become an indispensable figure for the team. As he continues to impress, Tchouameni is poised to leave a lasting impact on the club and cement his status as one of the brightest prospects in world football.