Every since he big move to Real Madrid in 2009, Karim Benzema has been a player that has been equally astounding in both his successes and his failures. It would be hard to find a player at the moment who misses more sitters per game than Benzema.
He has this weird knack of never being able to put the ball in the net from even one or two yards. On the other hand, he has been known to pull oFf the absolutely sublime. One goal of his last year was so reminiscent of the wonder goal scored by Marco Van Basten that it earned him rave reviews from all over the football world. But does the occasional flash of brilliance compensate for more than frequent incompetence when the team needs you most? The answer is no. Any team lining up a bid for Benzema is making a big mistake.
His current tally of two goals from eight La Liga games says it all. Playing for a team that creates as many chances as Real do, one must think a striker should be doing better than that. Furthermore, in spite of all the hype of "big Benz," he really doesn't win many headers. In fact, he's kind of lazy.
You will never see Benzema back helping out the defence when the other team is pressing - he is always dozing somewhere upfield. He isn't the best dribbler either. Sure he can evade a challenge or two every once in a while, but you will never see him dancing around defenders or even holding up the ball with the grace or sheer resilience of a Robin van Persie or a Radamel Falcao.
Benzema has in the past been a 30-goal striker, but he lacks a key facet necessary for all of the top 'number nines' across the planet - consistency. Many a player with supreme and sublime talent have seen themselves become a mockery of the football world because of their spells without goals - just think about Fernando Torres.
The sad truth is that Benzema is presented with almost double the chances Torres is and misses triple the amount of sitters. Watching a Benzema blooper real is a comedy show in itself. Luckily for Benzema, players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Isco are scoring just enough to see him avoid the axe, however with players like Alvaro Morata waiting in the wings, Benzema doesn't seem to have much time left.
Benzema has the potential to be special but only shows his brilliance in flashes. Real need a thirty-goal-a-season striker if they want to truly challenge for both La Liga and the Champions League. Unfortunately, Benzema doesn't seem to be the one for Real. Selling Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli was a decision that Florentino Perez will regret for some time to come.
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