Casemiro, the only defensive midfielder

Casemiro, the only defensive midfielder

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro - CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images

This summer Real Madrid didn’t sign any player in the midfield. There were many rumors of signing a player for this position but right now Casino is the only “stopper” at Real Madrid.

Every player of the midfield in the squad is offensive except the Brazilian. Toni Kroos played in that position two years ago, but during the season the defensive balance was a major problem for Real Madrid.

Casemiro was on loan in Oporto where he started to be known. Julen Lopetegui, who was the Portuguese squad manager, believed in him. He played almost 30 matches in the regular league and he was a key man in the midfield.

Because of this reason,Real Madrid wanted the return of the Brazilian player to the squad. Kroos, Modric, Isco, Kovacic and James have not defensive skills so Casemiro was a good idea for the midfield.

Casemiro has proved himself as a great midfielder. He is very young and he can improve easily his performance. He can pass, shoot, make many tackles and the most important thing is that he knows perfectly what´s his job: defend and try to balance his team with his corpulence.

This summer there were rumours about signing N´Golo Kanté from Leicester City. The great French midfielder did a wonderful season winning the Premier League with a team that wasn´t favourite and Kanté went to the Euro and played in the starting 11 at the beginning of the tournament. Finally Antonio Conte convinced him to join Chelsea and stay in the Premier.

There are doubts about Casemiro. Can he be ready to play the same minutes as the stars of Real Madrid? He played at a very good level the last two years and he deserved it. The only thing we know is that Zinedine Zidane believes in him and this season could be the year of the Brazilian youngster.