The first order of business is the coaching situation after Carlo Ancelotti was relieved of his duties earlier this week. Paul Clement is also believed to be heading to England to take over managers' duty Derby County while Madrid legend Fernando Hierro is also expected to be heading for the exit door. Rafael Benitez could be unveiled as Real Madrid manager on Wednesday.
This area has attracted a lot of debate ever since Jose Mourinho decided to play Antonio Adan instead of club legend Iker Casillas. Keylor Navas was brought in last summer but he spent more time on the bench than on the pitch. Local boy David de Gea has been linked to Madrid in recent weeks and this has intensified as the shot stopper was pictured with his girlfriend on the streets of Madrid apparently to facilitate his move. Should this move materialise, it is believed De Gea will provide better competition to Casillas than Navas did.
Madrid’s central defenders have been playing arguably their best football over the last two years. One can argue that Pepe played his best football in Real Madrid colours this season, Varane has shown over the years that he is fully matured and ready to be a key member of the Madrid back line. Vice captain Sergio Ramos is an excellent defender and leader notwithstanding the occasional hot headedness.
News of Brazilian Danillo’s impending arrival is good news for the club as the ex Porto man will provide the needed competition to Dani Carvajal. One area that needs strengthening is the left back position; the team can do with a better buck up left back than Coentreao who has failed to justify €30 million transfer fee.
The team boasts an array of talented playmakers and schemers, what is lacking is a world class defensive enforcer and organiser. Toni Kroos was used as the pivot of the three man midfield this season where he tried his best, but his lack of defensive awareness showed in most of the big games; the recent incident being how Morata beat him to the ball and scored at the Bernabeu. Illaramendi’s big money move was supposed to provide that defensive cushion, but the Basque man has failed to impose himself whenever he had the chance to do so.
The presence of a defensive imposer in midfield will allow the likes of Modric, James, Isco and Kroos to do their magic. Paul Pogba will be the perfect candidate for this role and taking into account recent reports of the Frenchman’s “love” for Barcelona and Real Madrid, Los Blancos can entice the player away from Turin with another big money offer when the transfer window opens on July 1. Nevermind Madrid’s official statement denying any contact with Pogba or his agent, the statement didn’t rule out any future contact.
This is one area that Real Madrid haven’t had a problem with thanks to the goals of their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo. Jese Rodriguez and the returning Denis Cheryshev can provide adequate back up for Ronaldo and Bale but the club will need to invest in a buck up striker after it was revealed that Chicharito will be heading back to Manchester United after Madrid refused to activate the buy option in the player’s loan agreement.
2 or 3 quality signings and good rotation will see Real Madrid win major trophies next season. The likes of Lucas Silva, Illaramendi, Jese, Cheryshev, Nacho etc should be given more playing time in order to keep the regular starters fresh throughout the season. To make room for the new signings, Madrid need to free their roster; the likes of Arbeloa, Coentreao, Khedira need to be moved on with the latter on the verge of a potential move to Italian champions Juventus.
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