Real Madrid have allowed their squad to stagnate in recent years and we’re seeing the impact of that this season.
The Spanish club are currently fifth in La Liga, 10 points behind leaders Barcelona.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence is being sorely felt at the Santiago Bernabeu, there’s no doubt about that.
Their core players are ageing - Luka Modric is 33, Sergio Ramos 32, Karim Benzema 31 and Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos both 29 - and the squad is in need of young talent.
There is a lot of hype surrounding 18-year-old Vinicius Jr., who made his La Liga debut in the 2-0 defeat to Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the club announced the signing of 19-year-old Brahim Diaz from Manchester City on Monday.
Those two, along with Marco Asensio, are surely the future of Real Madrid’s attack.
Real Madrid's starting XI in 2024?
So there are reasons to expect the future to be bright at the Bernabeu.
And Goal have predicted how Los Blancos could line up in 2024, five years from now.
GK | Andriy Lunin | Current age: 19
RB | Alvaro Odriozola | 23
CB | Jesus Vallejo | 22
CB | Raphael Varane | 25
LB | Sergio Reguilon | 22
CM | Dani Ceballos | 22
CM | Marcos Llorente | 23
CM | Martin Odegaard | 19
RW | Brahim Diaz | 19
ST | Vinicius Jr. | 19
LW | Marco Asensio | 22
Real Madrid fans aren't convinced
That XI doesn’t even include Santos’ 17-year-old wonderkid Rodrygo, who will join Real Madrid in the summer of 2019.
Yet fans are still pretty concerned that there's not enough talent coming through.
Martin Odegaard’s name will pique the interest of many fans.
There is still hope that the Norway international will fill his potential after spending the past few years away from Spain.
He’s currently gaining valuable experience with Vitesse in the Eredivisie, where he has impressed this season.
“My goal is clear: I want to play for Real Madrid,” Odegaard told Voetbal International last November. “I do everything for that.
“My contract has already been renewed. I take that as a sign of trust.”
Their first season after losing Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane is going miserably, but there are signs that the future will be bright for Real Madrid.