Entering the new season, no one appreciated Bayer Leverkusen when they had a relatively lackluster transfer window by recruiting an older midfielder like Granit Xhaka or an unknown striker like Victor Boniface but the coach’s team Xabi Alonso surprised the whole world when he was flying high at the top of the Bundesliga and Europa League rankings.
This year’s Leverkusen is a team that combines enthusiastic young talents and experienced older players. Among them, 28-year-old defender Alejandro Grimaldo has made an important contribution to Leverkusen’s sublimation at this time.
Alejandro is a free contract from Benfica and this left-back quickly shined, scoring 7 goals and 5 assists in 16 matches on all fronts for the team. It didn’t take long for the Spanish player to become one of the best rookies to date.
Last year, coach Xabi Alonso used Mitchel Bakker as left-back for most of the season. However, the Dutch defender often makes mistakes in both defense and attack support on the left wing. And then, Alonso seemed to find a perfect solution for this position when Alejandro Grimaldo moved to BayArena this past summer.
This season, Alejandro Grimaldo has contributed more than stars in the same left-back position such as Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies, Borussia Dortmund’s Ramy Bensebaini and RB Leipzig’s David Raum. The Spanish rookie quickly impressed with an excellent free kick against Bayern Munich and 2 goals to retain 3 points against Hoffenheim.
The 28-year-old defender not only excelled in supporting the attack, but also showed peace of mind on the defensive front. The 28-year-old defender made more steals and interceptions than Davies, Bensebaini and Raum. This shows Alejandro’s complete offensive ability in the Bundesliga.
In fact, Dortmund was the team that had an advantage in recruiting Alejandro after losing Raphael Guerreiro to great rival Bayern Munich, but they ignored the former Benfica defender to recruit Bensebaini from Monchengladbach.
Then, Leverkusen is the team that benefits from Alejandro’s unexpected brilliance when Die Werkself is ranked 7 points above Dortmund on the Bundesliga rankings. Can say, Alejandro Grimaldo is the highest quality free agent at Bundesiga this past summer.
With his brilliance at BayArena, Alejandro is being targeted by Real Madrid to upgrade the quality of defense, specifically the Spanish royal team wants to recruit the Spanish star to replace Ferland Mendy. who has not contributed much to the team’s overall achievements since arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Tuan Tu | 10:21 November 11, 2023