Real Madrid have endured somewhat of a frustrating start to the new La Liga season. Their side played out two consecutive draws in the last two weeks before winning against Real Sociedad. They had a tough game and had to dig deep and muster a win at Anoeta. The win was impressive, but what followed in the next game showed some gaping holes even in this impressive Real Madrid squad.
Real Betis snatched a late win at the Bernabeu as the Madrid frontline failed to find the back of the net. Without Benzema, there seems to be that lack of an out and out goal threat.
After dominating Spain and Europe last season, they were looking forward to dismantling the opponents sides but things have not gone the way Zidane would have wanted so far.
They have already dropped seven points in a league where the battle runs in until the last day of the season and titles are won by a margin of a single point. So, what has been bothering Madrid so far?
Lack of a quality striker in absence of Ronaldo
Last season, Zinedine Zidane moved Cristiano Ronaldo to a more central position, which helped him to have a more direct impact on the game. However, when Ronaldo was banned for five matches after shoving the referee against Barcelona earlier in the season, Zidane faced a huge dilemma.
Both Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale were unable to grab this opportunity properly and hence Madrid lost points that they must have won comfortably. In certain situations, only Marco Asensio has appeared to take the responsibility properly but expecting him to win matches every week is a bit far-fetched.
Hence, Real Madrid are in the search of a striker who along with Ronaldo can provide much-needed consistency to Madrid’s forward-line. And reports indicate they are after Tottenham’s Harry Kane to solve that problem.
How can Harry Kane solve their problems?
There are few centre-forwards in the world who are as consistent and potent as Harry Kane is currently. The Englishman is one of the best centre-forwards in the Premier League, if not the best, and has regularly scored for his team whenever needed.
Though he is not a huge physical presence in the box, his speed, movement, agility, and intelligence in the box and of course, his incredible finishing, make him a dangerous threat. Mauricio Pochettino has brought out the best in Kane.
Despite all his achievements for Spurs, it has been touted that Kane plays for a team who don’t challenge for trophies. His loyalty towards the club has made him a fan-favourite and an adored player in England. However, time could be running out and as Kane enters the peak years of his career, it cannot be ruled out that he would seek to move to a bigger club. As it is, there are not many bigger clubs than Real Madrid!
You can see it happening…
Karim Benzema and Borja Mayoral inconsistency leave Madrid with lesser options for the no. 9 position. Alvaro Morata’s departure has not helped the case either. Madrid might need someone who has the quality and experience to score goals every week along with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will negotiate a lot to keep his star player. However, Harry Kane can be worth every single penny if Real Madrid end up buying him.