Rodriguez is yet to fulfil his potential at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid must find James Rodriguez's best position to utilise his talent

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In the aftermath of the 2014 Brazil World Cup, Colombia talisman James Rodriguez was hailed as football's newest superstar after a string of impressive performances.

Of course, the young midfield maestro had already built up a steady reputation during his time at FC Porto and AS Monaco, but it was on his home continent where he announced his true talent to the world.

A transfer to Spanish giants Real Madrid that summer for a hefty fee came as a predictable change of direction, but one which sided with the club's policy of signing a new Galactico virtually every summer transfer window.


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Fast forward a year and a half and things haven't gone exactly to plan. Rodriguez has shown glimpses of his ability, but injury problems and a lack of consistency have seen the 24-year-old become a target of criticism from fans.

A player of undeniable quality, but is Rodriguez's style of play catered to Madrid's current needs? Or is his inclusion simply hindering their aspirations?

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Real's first-choice midfield under both Rafael Benitez and Zinedine Zidane has been Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Rodriguez. On paper, it's a trio bursting with quality and offensive nous, yet in the bigger games the triple act represents an issue.

Neither Modric or Kroos are renowned for their pragmatic qualities - the duo are famed for their passing range, ability to orchestrate attacks and, when necessary, provide an attacking threat, much like Rodriguez.

As a result, far too often are Real's midfield bypassed and taken advantage of by the likes of Barcelona.


Los Blancos' 4-0 El Clasico defeat is a perfect example to illustrate this point. A lack of midfield discipline and awareness gave their arch enemies domination from the outset and the ability to dictate the tempo of the match.

The key difference? Sergio Busquets. Barcelona operate with two midfielders similar to that of Modric and Kroos in Iniesta and Rakitic, but crucially they have that added defensive support.

This allows the front three to be more adventurous and gives the whole team greater balance - far from Rodriguez offers.


The Colombian has also been deployed out wide in order to accommodate him and the array of talent available at the club, which hasn't paid off either.

Rodriguez possesses great technical ability but lacks the physical attributes required to maraud up and down the flank.

Madrid need to find a solution - and fast - to fully utilise their mercurial talent or risk being forced to sell him.

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