Borussia Dortmund will be getting a stellar loanee next season.
Reinier is Real Madrid’s future heir to the attacking throne and has opted to join Borussia Dortmund on loan for the upcoming 20/21 season.
The young Brazilian has made the move to Signal Iduna Park after moving to Real Madrid back in January where they paid the princely sum of €35 million (£30m/$39m) from Brasileiro giants Flamengo for his signature.
Having only made his senior debut in July 2019, Reinier wasted no time in displaying his talents both home (featuring 14 times and contributing 6 goals) and abroad in the 2019 South American U17 championships, where he captained the side, prompting Los Blancos to firm up their interest.
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He has joined a host of talented young Brazilians in moving to Europe this year that include Antony who has joined Ajax from Sao Paulo and Pedrinho to Benfica from Corinthians but arguably Reinier is the most talented of them all.
During the South American championships he particularly impressed onlookers, standing at a lean 6 ft 2 in, Reinier used his combination of speed and strength to assert himself on games, beating opposition defenders with ease gliding into attacking positions to take and create goal-scoring opportunities.
The Brazilian does his most devastating work in the final third. Not only is he physically ready at such a young age but also has the intelligence to match regularly drifting into pockets of space from his favoured number 10 position where he can inflict maximum damage.
Once in these spaces, the Brazilian likes to link closely with teammates playing quick passes and wall passes to open attacking lanes and shooting opportunities.
His versatility will fit well with Borussia Dortmund, who vary their tactics from a 4-3-3 to a 3-5-2. Here he could play in one of the advanced central midfield roles or as a second striker with Erling Haaland. This is arguably, where the Brazilian would thrive most. Former coaches have lauded his football intelligence and his potential and Jorge Jesus had this to say before the player’s move to the Spanish capital.
"“He’s only 17 years old but physically he’s got extraordinary characteristics. He’s very strong technically and he’s five years ahead of his age on the pitch, he plays as if he were a 22-year-old in terms of emotion and intelligence.” – Jorge Jesus (via Marca)"
After falling away late last season in the title race, Dortmund will be looking to take another step forward in catching powerhouse Bayern Munich and landing a player of Renier’s talent and vast potential could prove a key transfer, adding to their already impressive attacking arsenal.
Achraf Hakimi proved how a loan move to the Bundesliga giants can elevate your game and Real Madrid will be hoping this time away provides the same platform in launching Reinier into stardom.
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