5 Real Madrid players who can reach another level in 2022/23

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Eder Militao, Real Madrid
Eder Militao of Real Madrid (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images) /

CB Eder Militao

Another big signing from the 2019 summer transfer window, Eder Militao looked like one of the best center backs in the world for much of the 2021/22 season. But at a certain point in 2022, the man who delivered a perfect 10 performance at the Anoeta started to level off, even costing the team points with his error against Getafe in the winter.

Militao recovered and finished the year strong with a wonderful display in the Final, but the center back has frustrated with basic positional errors, born out of over-eagerness to win the ball.

If Militao can clean up his mistakes and continue to advance as a passer, he could entrench himself as a world-class center back. Most of the time, Militao is at that level, and when he is on his “A” game, he is unstoppable.

Like Sergio Ramos and Pepe at one point, Militao just needs to mature and learn how to control his worst habits so that his best traits can truly shine week-in and week-out. The center back position is a cruel one. You are only as good as your last mistake, and that may be something Militao must take to heart.

But what Madridistas also love about him is that he is never scared after making an error. That is important on the ball, because Militao’s long passes to Vinicius Jr. can break games fully open. Just ask Shakhtar Donetsk.