Real Madrid should prioritise a striker over David de Gea

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Real Madrid and their supporters have spent much of the transfer window lusting after David de Gea, but the Spaniards have greater problems to tackle if they are to win a first La Liga crown since 2012. 

Keylor Navas, dubbed by David James as the world's best goalkeeper last year, is fine in the Madrid goal. The Costa Rican international may not boast the glamour of De Gea nor the popularity of Iker Casillas but his talent is unquestionable. Failing to offload him is by all means no bad thing. 

But signing a new striker is. Rafa Benitez might like to think that Cristiano Ronaldo wants the number nine position all to himself but the ex-Liverpool manager might not be the best person to guess what's going on in Ronaldo's head. In Karim Benzema, and Benzema alone, Madrid currently possess just one traditional striker. 


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Since allowing Alvaro Morata to leave for Juventus last summer, Madrid have relied heavily on Benzema, who fortuitously seems to avoid injuries and lengthy spells on the sidelines. 

In order to address that, instead of landing a new talisman to ease the burden, Benitez has instead decided that Ronaldo should now play there. Only in European matches at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson has the Portuguese ever looked comfortable in spearheading the attack. And that was because Wayne Rooney was on hand to supply the bullets for him to fire.

Instead, the decision to deploy Ronaldo elsewhere has changed matters. It could even worsen the Portuguese's relationship with Gareth Bale, with the Welshman now deployed directly behind him in order to help the pair strike up a greater understanding with each other. It sounds a nice idea - if a tad risky. 

There were times last season where the pair clashed, with many citing Ronaldo's inability to adapt to the needs of the team as a key reason why. At 30, there are no inclinations that will change even if Benitez, Bale and the supporters want it to. He works and scores goals for himself, and that's the way its always been. 


Ronaldo is yet to get off the mark this season and will most likely be shunted back to the wing if positioning him further up the field backfires spectacularly. 

That would mean putting greater pressure on Benzema, who has little competition in terms of making the number nine position his own. The Frenchman was heavily coveted by Arsenal this transfer window and could move to the Emirates Stadium if mismanaged by Benitez and club president Florentino Perez. 

Why they didn't prioritise a new striker this summer is baffling. Jackson Martinez, Paulo Dybala and Radamel Falcao were all available but instead ended up elsewhere. Even Zlatan Ibrahimovic was rumoured to be on the market, and would of arrived with fire in his belly given his terrible time at Barcelona. 

Madrid are a mess and in need of changes at the top. It can start with Perez and end with Benitez. Neither will make them champions again anytime soon. 

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