Real Madrid, under the stewardship of new manager Rafa Benitez, have the enormous task of overhauling eternal rivals Barcelona for the bragging rights in La Liga and Europe.
The make up of Benitez's first few squads will determine how the Spaniard will set his stall out across the season and what we might expect from Los Blancos as they go in search of success.
Invariably, there will always be casualties. Those players for whom a starting spot remains nothing but a pipe dream.
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Let's take a look at three players who are destined to play just a bit-part role in 2015/16...
Poor old Jese Rodriguez.
A young striker with a real eye for goal and one who fits the Los Blancos template perfectly, Jese is one of a long line of players from Real's La Fabrica academy who struggles purely because of Florentino Perez's "Galactico" buying policy.
It's been four years since he made his debut with the first team and two years since he was officially made part of the squad.
In any other team Jese would be a hugely useful addition.
Strong, tall and powerful, there are similarities in his style of play to that of Juventus' Alvaro Morata, another Real diamond, who was forced to leave the club in order to get sufficient minutes that his talent deserved.
Jese may find a similar route is his best option to further his career because there is little doubt that the 'BBC' (Benzema, Bale and Cristiano (Ronaldo)) will be first-choice for the striking roles at the club.
This excellent right back has every right to feel aggrieved after the club made such a fuss about signing Danilo from Porto.
There is little doubt that the Brazilian has been signed with the intention of starting on the right side of Real's defence, but Carvajal has done little wrong since his return to the club after a season at Bayer Leverkusen.
Indeed, there hasn't really been a significant challenge to his tenure to this point because he has provided a solid and dependable work ethic each and every week.
To then be pushed aside for no reason other than personal preference is a little harsh on a player that is far too good for the subs bench each week.
Another Brazilian, introduced amid much fanfare in the January transfer window, Lucas Silva hasn't got anywhere close to making his mark at the Santiago Bernabeu.
With the likes of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, James Rodriguez, Isco and even Asier Illarramendi ahead of him, a loan deal would suit, albeit the club could well be keen to hang on to his services in the event of an injury crisis.
Silva would at least bring some much needed steel to the middle of the park if required.
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