Real Madrid must sign Toni Kroos alternative to enjoy success

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A campaign with no trophies for Real Madrid is something that simply cannot be tolerated, and it wasn't.

Carlo Ancelotti was sacked after last season's failings, Rafa Benitez was brought in and now the club will most likely be searching across Europe for the finest talent to bolster their squad.

Usual additions

Year after year we have seen the biggest attacking and creative names being drawn to the famous white shirt, but now it's high time Real start to look for someone to do their dirty work.

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Last year Xabi Alonso was shipped off to Bayern Munich with Toni Kroos signed as his supposed replacement. While Kroos is without doubt one of the finest technical footballers in Europe what he is not is a defensive-midfielder.

Kroos unable

This season he has for large parts operated as Real's main defence-minded midfielder, with the creative pairing of Luka Modric and James Rodriguez operating in front of him. At the start of the season Real's outrageous attacking power papered over the defensive holes left by Kroos and drew attention away from how regularly the Los Blancos defence was being exposed.

During his days at Bayern and for his national side Kroos was primarily used for his playmaking abilities and ability to control the tempo of the game. But the important thing to note is that he was never used as the primary defensive-midfielder. He was even regularly used as a number 10 and it was in this role that he shone during last summer’s World Cup.

Ramos neither

Sergio Ramos was eventually moved into midfield on several occasions last season, and he had a reasonably positive effect.

However the Spanish defender's lack of passing ability and awareness in a midfield role proved that he is certainly not a long term solution and was simply filling a gap on a short-term basis.

Need to mimic Barca

Real's great rivals Barcelona are well known for their attacking prowess but owe a great deal of their success to the defensive discipline of Sergio Busquets. Not only does he protect the defence but allows the technical players around him to have the freedom they require and reduce their defensive input.

Benitez has a big job on his hands to take Real back to the pinnacle of world football, but he must follow the Barca template and get himself a capable defensive midfielder who might just make that job a little easier.

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