With the 21 year old French left back set to sign for AC Milan imminently for a fee of €20 million, here’s what AC Milan fans have to look forward to with the exciting left back joining.
Theo Hernandez broke onto the scene with his performances for Alaves in the 2016/17 season. This led to Real Madrid paying his €24 million release clause. However, Theo only made 13 appearances for the Madrid club before going out on loan to Real Soceidad last season.
Theo’s style of play reminds of Gareth Bale when playing as a left back early on in his career. He relies on his phenomenal pace and dribbling ability to create problems for the opposition defence.
Theo made 24 starting appearances for Sociedad and had a rather decent season. Defensively, he made 2.3 tackles per game along with 1.4 intercepts. He only committed 1.2 fouls a game on average also. In comparison, Marcelo who had roughly the same amount of starting appearances in La Liga made 1.4 tackles a game and had 0.8 intercepts. The reason for comparing to Marcelo is the fact they both have similar attacking fullback styles.
Theo’s passing is one of his key attributes. The left back had 2 assists last season as well as 37.9 passes per game, completing at 82.8%. He also had 0.8 key passes a game. However, his figure of 0.4 crosses per game can definitely be improved upon.
From a pure offensive standpoint, Theo uses his great dribbling abilities to trouble the defence. He averaged 1.8 dribbles per game and was fouled 2.9 times on average. He also took one shot per game and managed one goal for the season.
Theo’s main reason for lacking playing time at Madrid was largely the fact he had Marcelo in front of him. However, his concentration levels during games can sometimes fade which results in him making errors. Something he will need to improve on at AC Milan.
Overall, Theo is a great signing for AC Milan. At just 21 years of age he has incredible room to develop as a footballer and can definitely become one of the premier left backs in the game if his potential is utilised correctly by both himself and the club.