Dani Ceballos – The perfect replacement for Luka Modric

Real Madrid have had a quiet summer so far with no “Galactico” signings whilst losing three great players in Alvaro Morata, James Rodriguez and Danilo. All frustrated with the lack of game time last year, Real Madrid have signed Theo Hernandez, from rivals Atletico Madrid. After a great year at Alaves on loan from At. Madrid the youngster was snapped up and is now going to be Marcelo’s understudy. However for me, the signing of Dani Ceballos is a real capture from Real Madrid. This article will look at why I believe Real Madrid have found Luka Modric’s long term replacement.

After being named this U21 Euro 2017’s player of the tournament, the transfer speculation was obviously going to come with it. He had been initially linked to Real Madrid with Barcelona also interested in his capture. In the end, it was Real Madrid whom again beat Barcelona(both clubs chased Theo Hernandez) this summer to his signing. He has cost a reported €18m (his release clause) which in the current market is an absolute steal for a player of his calibre. Alone the price he has cost puts less pressure on him to succeed straight away.

With Real Madrid always having very long and intense seasons as they fight for every title possible, Zidane has needed to rotate his XI as he shown by not even choosing Ronaldo for a lot of La Liga games and rotating the squad to make sure that the key players are fresh comes the season finale. This is where I can see Dani Ceballos’ short term future lying. He can act as the perfect Luka Modric substitute. They’re both creative midfielders that set the tempo, hold onto the ball well, drive with the ball when the moment is right and are very strong dribblers.

Comparing Statistics

General-

Looking at both players’ statistics in the general sense, there is not much to pick between them. They both have similar numbers of goals and assists. The standouts statistics are  Luka Modric’s 89.1% passing accuracy in comparison to Dani Ceballos’s 80.8%. Also, Ceballos’s 8 yellow cards in comparison to Modric’s 2 does suggest he is more aggressive than Modric.

Defensively-

Defensively it seems that Ceballos’s  makes more tackles and interceptions than Modric but at the same time he does get dribbled past per game a considerable amount more as well as committing more fouls. Ceballos’s maybe needs to control his aggression more and not jump in so much but at the same time his reading of the game and guessing the next pass is underlined by his higher amount of interceptions and tackling. If he could lower his fouls and how many times he gets beat by players then he would very strong defensively.

Offensively-

Offensively, Ceballos’s in my eyes is stronger than Modric. He shoots more, he takes on players more and he gets fouled more. He is potentially a better driver with the ball than Modric and also more skillful. Luka Modric does get dispossessed off the ball less but that is because he is more experienced than Ceballos and knows when to drive and when not, where as Ceballos’s takes risk with the ball at his feet. But I like a young player that takes risk and it will only be a matter of time under the tutelage of Zidane that Ceballos’s learns more and becomes more experienced.

Passing-

There is no discussion on this matter, Luka Modric is better than Dani Ceballos’s. He makes more passes and a has a higher passing percentage. Luka Modric is known for his ability in terms of passing and the statistics back this well known perception.

 

Summary

Dani Ceballos’s signing was very smart by Real Madrid’s board, he has all the right tools to take over Luka Modric when the time inevitably comes. Ceballos’s short term is also a player capable of performing in La Liga allowing Luka or even Kroos to rest, as no footballer can play up to 60 games a season like Real Madrid often have to do. For Ceballos’s himself he joins the best team in the world coached by one of the best players of all time, he will learn a lot with his team mates and manager. Ceballos’s will be a key player for Spain and Real Madrid in the future.

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