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Achraf Hakimi is yet another youngster tearing it up in the Bundesliga

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It's not just Jadon Sancho making waves at Borussia Dortmund this season.

Signed on a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid in July after just nine appearances for the 13-time Champions League winners last season, Achraf Hakimi has been crowned Bundesliga Rookie of the Month for the second time in three months.

The award pitched the defender up against Mainz's Jean-Philippe Mateta and Dusseldorf's Dodi Lukebakio.

As his second award this season, the Real Madrid academy graduate will now automatically be nominated for Rookie of the Year and could follow in the footsteps of fellow Moroccan Amine Harit, who won the award last season.

Attacking full-back Hakimi has been a revelation at the back for the unbeaten Bundesliga pace-setters so far this season, keeping the likes of Turkish defender Omer Toprak out of the side.

Still yet to lose in 14 league games, Dortmund sit seven points clear at the top, conceding just 14 goals in the process, and sit nine points clear of Bayern Munich.

Since his debut in a 7-0 demolition of Nuremburg on September 26, Hakimi has been involved in 14 games and scored once, whilst the Signal Iduna Park side have conceded just 13 goals in that time.

Hakimi made his international bow in October 2016, aged just 17, and has gone onto play 14 times for his national team and was a member of the Morocco squad that were knocked out of the group stages of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Club Atletico de Madrid v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Champions League Group A

He has also been an ever-present in Morocco's African Cup of Nations qualifying group as the Atlas Lions booked their place in the tournament with games in hand.

"We will try to do what we did with Paco (Alcacer)," said Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.

How the award works is former Germany, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan midfielder Lothar Matthaus chooses three nominees each month and picks the winner, using data collated from matches to decide the best performing rookies across the league.

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