David Alaba made the move to Real Madrid this summer as a free agent from Bayern Munich. The Austrian decided to end his ten-year spell in Germany and take up a new challenge in Spain. And so far, Alaba has been very successful for his dream club.
With the departure of Sergio Ramos, Madrid needed to fill the void of the leader at the back. Karim Benzema is currently the captain of the club, but is a silent leader. On the other hand, Alaba is a more vocal character on the pitch. He was in the starting lineup for the team in their win against Barcelona at Camp Nou.
The 29-year-old was deployed as a central defender alongside Eder Militao. Not only did he open the scoring for Madrid, but he also urged the team on in difficult spots. Alaba was also shouting out advice to his defensive colleague during the game.
He has managed to adapt to the Madrid team and has taken up the challenge very well. So far, Alaba seems like a perfect replacement for Sergio Ramos. The defender is in his prime and can hold the backline, while going forward when needed.
Real Madrid are the biggest club in the world, and expectations are very high for the players. But despite the pressure, Alaba has managed to adapt to his new destination very well. He is slowly starting to become indispensable for Carlo Ancelotti in the starting lineup.