Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema finds himself in a very uncomfortable position at the moment - a situation far from ideal for both club and country.
Benzema is a player in poor form. In recent matches, the player has produced countless wayward shots and half-hearted attempts on goal . But, most worrying of all, is his lack of effort shown on the pitch. Much more is expected from a player of his caliber and especially at a club like Real.
In his last few games for the club, Benzema has not produced a single noteworthy moment and has only scored four goals in eight competitive fixtures for the Meringues. Many are now questioning his commitment to the team and left wondering if his time at Real is up.
In contrasting form to the French forward, Benzema's Real teammate, Alvaro Morata, is making things happen. In his brief stint from the bench, Morata has shown promise of his potential. The forward works hard, presses up the field and isn't scared to make his presence felt.
In Real Madrid's last match against local rivals Atletico Madrid, the young player put in a good performance. Morata's presence seemed to add life to a rather blunt Real attack.
Minutes after coming on for Isco, Morata almost scored an acrobatic goal past Atletico's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois but the Belgian keeper pulled off a stunning save to deny the player. The crowd in appreciation of the effort chanted his name for much of the closing minutes of the second half: "Morata! Morata! Morata!".
After having finished as Spain's top goal scorer in their victorious 2013 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship in Israel, Morata was expected to be given a proper chance at club level and not just left to sit on the bench.
Any forward, especially a lone forward has to lead the line of attack. And with the Bernabeu's patience seemingly wearing thin, Benzema should start soon. If not, he might end up finding a new place on the bench even without the presence of Gonzalo Higuain.
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