Revierderby Faceoff – The rampaging right-backs: Achraf Hakimi v Jonjoe Kenny

 

Two of the Bundesliga’s in-form right-backs will face off in Saturday’s Revierderby within the type of Borussia Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi and Schalke counterpart Jonjoe Kenny.

Considering objectives are the commodity that wins suits, it is going to in all probability carry a couple of eyebrows to indicate that two right-backs might be pivotal in deciding one of the vital largest clashes at the Bundesliga calendar.

But in Hakimi and Kenny, Dortmund and Schalke respectively boast two avid gamers who can surely make a distinction within the upcoming Revierderby on the Signal Iduna Park.

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Coincidentally, each are lately handiest within the Bundesliga on mortgage and it’s Hakimi who has extra enjoy within the most sensible flight of German soccer.

Into his 2d season at Dortmund now, Hakimi was once at all times anticipated to make an affect strolling back from Real Madrid as a UEFA Champions League winner, in addition to having represented Morocco on the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

His presentations for BVB remaining time period have been superb, however the 21-year-old has taken his sport to an entire other stage in 2019/20.

He has crammed various roles for supervisor Lucien Favre or even starred as a large attacker previous within the marketing campaign, memorably each objectives in a 2-Zero win over Slavia Prague within the Champions League remaining October.

More lately, he has been deployed without any consideration wing-back in a settled Three-Four-Three gadget however that has infrequently affected his output and simply remaining weekend he popped as much as rating the winner in a 2-1 overcome Borussia Monchengladbach.

His ten assists within the league ranks him joint-fourth in all the Bundesliga along team-mate Thorgan Hazard, and the one Dortmund participant that has laid extra objectives has been Jadon Sancho with 15.

On Saturday, lining up at the reverse flank as Hakimi at the correct facet of Schalke’s again 4 is an similarly promising ability in Kenny.

Having come throughout the early life gadget of Everton, the Englishman’s most-productive season was once prior to now in 2017/18 when he made 19 Premier League appearances and 25 in all pageant for the Toffees.

In seek of normal first-team motion, the 22-year-old determined to transport to the Veltins-Arena in the beginning of this season and it has so far confirmed a savvy determination.

Immediately put in within the beginning XI, Kenny has been a part of a Schalke outfit rejuvenated beneath new trainer David Wagner – one who has long gone from flirting with relegation remaining time period to vying for continental qualification at the present.

Kenny would possibly not have numbers that fit Hakimi’s however he gives the similar power and balance down the appropriate, infrequently shedding a one-on-one duel whilst protecting but additionally by no means lacking a possibility to push ahead in assault.

While he has handiest scored one function so far for Die Konigsblauen, it was once a strike to keep in mind as he ghosted in from the appropriate to pounce on a free ball simply within the house and drill and unstoppable effort into the ground nook in a Three-Zero win over Hertha Berlin again in August.

And despite the fact that the standard suspects like Jadon Sancho, Amine Harit and Erling Haaland will nonetheless be within the highlight in Saturday’s Revierderby, the rampaging right-backs from each groups may end up to be similarly influential.