Federico Valverde has been a part of Real Madrid’s squad since 2017. He was loaned out in his first season to Deportivo La Coruna. Since his return from the loan spell, Valverde has been a part of the first team and has made a few appearances every season. He is a central midfielder and was used as a substitute in his earlier appearances. He rose through the ranks, and Carlo Ancelotti offered him a different role in the team. Real Madrid now play him as a right-winger, and he is slowly starting to adapt to his new role.
Valverde has made an appearance in every league game this season and has spent 286 minutes on the pitch. The 24-year-old has a goal and an assist to his name. Real Madrid are short in numbers on the right side. Rodrygo is the other player who plays on the right side. Ancelotti uses Rodrygo as a substitute, and Valverde is preferred to lead the attack from that side. This is mainly due to the all-around contributions that the players provide on the field.
Valverde builds up play from the right side. Real Madrid like to attack from the left side, and the right side becomes a supportive side. Valverde has made a lot of lateral passes this season. He averages 47.5 passes per 90 minutes with a high accuracy rate of 89.4%. These include 2.2 passes per 90 minutes to the penalty area with an 85.7% accuracy rate.
The 24-year-old is slowly growing into his role as a winger. The red arrows show the unsuccessful crosses, the black arrow shows the successful crosses, and the green one shows the crosses that led to an assist. From a low cross attempted from inside the penalty box, Valverde provided his only assist of the season. The green dots show the successful dribbles, and it shows that Valverde has dribbled past the opposition defender twice in the final third and has gone on to deliver a pass into the box. He is slowly adapting to his role and is tackling another dynamic in his game.
The Uruguayan has attempted seven shots this season with an xG rate of 0.57. All the shots have been attempted from the right side, and the goal was scored in the bottom corner on the goalkeeper’s right. Valverde is accurate with his shooting and has hit the target five times.
Federico Valverde is slowly settling into his new role at the club. He is becoming a regular member of the team under Carlo Ancelloti. The player carries the ability to hold the ball, and this helps the team to continue their attacking momentum. He is becoming a big asset to the team.