It has been a curious summer at Real Madrid with the European Champions seemingly thwarted in their on/off pursuit in Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappé. One has to wonder how committed they actually were because it is rare for them not to get their man – and spend world record sums to secure their targets. While no doubt a wonderfully talented forward, Real already have the ever effective Karim Benzema set to lead the line, and that seems more than good enough for manager Zinedine Zidane given he has Bale and of course Ronaldo in support.
Yet Real Madrid supports – and I’m sure they agree – are perhaps the most entitled in the world, with every season demanding at least one of La Liga or the Champions League. Being competitive alone isn’t enough – they expect their Galácticos to deliver resounding victories every game. Naturally, even for a coach who is also a club legend and so far is demonstrably a world class performer from the sidelines, the pressure has been mounting in some sections of the supporters who feel that this summer’s transfer dealings have raised more questions than they’ve answered. Here’s a run through of the major issues.
Morata & Offensive Choices
The Spanish forward was a key figure over the course of last season, even though paradoxically he was only primarily used as an impact striker with a knack for snatching those essential goals. Chelsea snatched his signature from under Man Utd’s nose for a club record €62m, and with no other forward being signed so far it may only take for an injury or two to seriously disrupt their cutting edge on the attack. The matter is further complicated by Zidane also packing James Rodriguez off Bayern Munich on an expensive loan, as well as the sale of 4th choice forward Mariano Díaz to Lyon for a fee believed to be around €8m.
All of this makes the supporter’s attitude to Gareth Bale even more peculiar. Despite scoring at the rate of over a goal every other game from the wing, and a number of outstanding performances in several big matches, there seems to now be an objectively unfair feeling that the Welshman is a flat track bully. Bale himself wishes to stay but the Bernabéu can be an unforgiving place for when the fans decide a star has waned. Manchester United are reportedly monitoring the situation, but with the two clubs having been embroiled in years of struggle over the future of David de Gea a move is unlikely this summer.
But if Bale also leaves Real are going to be seriously short of offensive players. Truly world class forwards are a precious commodity at the moment, and it is difficult to see an obvious candidate especially as it looks like Mbappé will be settling on a move to Paris instead of Spain.
Questionable New Signings?
So we can certainly see why some Real Madrid supporters may be a little concerned at the seemingly hesitant transfer policy this year. It honestly looks a little rash, but this being Madrid we should know all too well that events are about as predictable as WildJack’s online casino games!