While Real Madrid Femenino’s season is yet to be over, as they’ll be facing Barcelona in the semi-final of the Copa de la Reina, the club has already started their work for the upcoming season behind the scenes.
In my article on Tuesday, I broke down the reports of Manchester City Women attacking midfielder Caroline Weir joining Real Madrid Femenino in the summer. But English journalist Flo Lloyd-Hughes, who writes for The Athletic and BBC among others, reported that Keira Walsh and Lucy Bronze too are attracting interest from Spain.
Lucy Bronze is a highly-rated right-back, who is also rumoured to be open to exploring the United States’ National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), while Keira Walsh is a 25-year-old defensive midfielder with a lot of experience at both club and international levels.
The duo would definitely be good signings considering Kenti Robles is the only natural right-back in the squad for the time being. (Marta Corredera plays at right-back too but is usually preferred at left-back.) Bronze’s arrival could add much-needed depth to that position, while Welsh is a player who can bring more balance to the midfield.
Lucy Bronze and Keira Walsh could start immediately for Real Madrid
Bronze is one of the best right-backs in the world. She would give Kenti Robles a run for her money for that starting spot. Not only is she a force of nature in the final third, but an extremely reliable defender too. She’ll single-handedly shore up the defence.
Walsh on the other hand will be an interesting addition to a very shallow Real Madrid midfield. She plays as a single-pivot defensive midfielder for City. With no natural holding midfielder in the squad, her addition will bring variety.
She can allow players around her to play with more positional freedom, and hence will be a good foil to the likes of Claudia Zornoza, Maite Oroz, and Teresa Abelleira. She is the best passer in England, completing 87.7% of her passes, more than anyone else in the last 365 days. Even though she is a defensive midfielder, she is adept at playmaking.
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While Weir is almost confirmed to be a Real Madrid Femenino player next season (as per multiple reports), the possible arrivals of Walsh and Bronze will certainly help Las Blancas in their ambitions to challenge for the league.