Real Madrid began the 2017/18 season clinching European Super Cup with a win against Manchester United. They also thrashed their ultimate rivals Barcelona (5-1, aggregate score) to lift Spanish Super Cup.
But the Los Blancos haven’t continued their brilliant start to the season, standing fourth in the domestic league and second in the Champions League group.
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Biggest culprit of Real Madrid’s faltering form is the inefficiency of BBC like seasons before. Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t continued his goalscoring form in the league but it’s Karim Benzema who is more disappointing than the rest this season. The striker has just scored two goals this season, and a lack of alternative has costed Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, Gareth Bale‘s consistent injury problems mean Madrid are suffering a depletion in quality upfront which has been vital in their conquest of European glory in last three seasons.
Los Blancos are looking to become more effective by signing young Spanish players, but the departures of key personnel in the summer has left them empty stranded. Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez left last window but Madrid didn’t think it was necessary to invest in the summer to find appropriate replacements.
Consequently, they now have a huge mountain to climb domestically, but at this point, it’s achievable if Madrid sign a marquee player in January and minimize their injury problems.
1. David De Gea
Real have been trying to sign the Manchester United shot-stopper ever since Iker Casillas left the club. Keylor Navas has done well to take reigns from the Spaniard, but it’s more than likely Madrid will look to pursue for the Spanish international once again given his world-class status as a goalkeeper.
The former Atletico man has made a name for himself with his consistent performances between the sticks. His role in winning games for United has earned him two Player of the Year awards at Old Trafford.
2. Harry Kane
Real Madrid just don’t have a center-forward who consistently scores goals. Last season, Alvaro Morata often came off the bench to score and lift the club out of troubles in several situations. But the Spanish forward then went onto leave the club following a dearth of chances right from the first minute.
Chelsea have clearly benefited with nine goals already while Real Madrid have struggled to find an outlay to score goals consistently for their team Harry Kane is the top candidate to do just that.
The English forward has conquered the Premier League in last two seasons through his goals, but it maybe a time to step up and convert his goals to trophies at Real Madrid.
3. Eden Hazard
Cristiano Ronaldo is in the final years of his footballing career at Real Madrid, but one player who can replace him is Chelsea’s Eden Hazard. The high-flying Belgian is at the form of his life under Antonio Conte in the 3-5-2 system, looking to score goals consistently for the Blues. Ahead of the World Cup, it’s unlikely that the Red Devils’ captain will make a move to Madrid, but the Los Blancos should appropriate moves to start thinking about a replacement to Ronaldo.
4. Jerome Boateng
Real Madrid lost their longtime serving defender Pepe, following a European double last season. The absence of the Portuguese’s experience would have been key to tutor their young defenders, but primarily, having three experienced center-backs is particularly necessary when you’re challenging for titles on all fronts.
Jerome Boateng could make a major impact on that aspect and Real Madrid could persuade the Bavarians for the transfer.
5. Hector Bellerin
Dani Carvajal is essential for Real Madrid, but the problem lies in his adequate replacement. Real let go Danilo to Manchester City in the summer, and now play Achram Hakimi in absence of their first choice right-back.
The Los Blancos could push for Hector Bellerin in January and the Spaniard will be available to play in the Champions League as well this season.