Real Madrid Transfers: 3 defensive sleepers to watch this summer

Monaco, Benoit Badiashile (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)
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Eintracht Frankfurt, Evan N'Dicka
Eintracht Frankfurt, Evan N’Dicka (Photo by KAI PFAFFENBACH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

Eintracht Frankfut CB Evan N’Dicka

Real Madrid have done business with Eintracht Frankfurt several times over the past few years. Omar Mascarell, Jesus Vallejo, and Luka Jovic are three notable players who have switched between the clubs.

Evan N’Dicka was one of the Bundesliga’s hottest rookies in the 2018-2019 season, and while his star faded last year as Eintracht struggled, the French center back is having a good season for the resurgent Eagles in 2020-2021.

Per, N’Dicka is averaging a whopping 1.5 tackles per game and 2.2 interceptions per game for the Champions League contenders. Although he is dribbled past more often than Benoit Badiashile (0.7 times) and isn’t quite as good as a ball-playing center back, N’Dicka makes up for it with his athleticism and defensive activity.

Defending in the Bundesliga on a team like Eintracht is no easy task, but the 21-year-old does a solid job for the Eagles. He is capable of playing as a left back or center back, though he has favored the latter position in recent times for Frankfurt.

Real Madrid could potentially sign N’Dicka for even less than Badiashile, and he would be a nice backup to have around with the upside to start one day. He is an inexpensive and versatile defensive option to watch. That said, fans around Europe are starting to key in on N’Dicka’s importance to this Eintracht side, so his value could rise between now and June.