Why there are no easy answers for Real Madrid going forward

, SPAIN - JANUARY 10: coach Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid during the Spanish Copa del Rey match between Real Madrid v Numancia on January 10, 2018 (Photo by Laurens Lindhout/Soccrates/Getty Images)
, SPAIN - JANUARY 10: coach Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid during the Spanish Copa del Rey match between Real Madrid v Numancia on January 10, 2018 (Photo by Laurens Lindhout/Soccrates/Getty Images) /
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Buying Players

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 10: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal during the Carabao Cup Semi-Final First Leg match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on January 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 10: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal during the Carabao Cup Semi-Final First Leg match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on January 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) /

If Madrid’s current squad isn’t the answer, then buying players has to be the solution, right?

This author certainly thinks that Madrid should be active in the transfer window. As I wrote a few days back, Real Madrid have been sitting on their hands while FC Barcelona have been dominating the winter transfer window.

There are definitely players Real Madrid could buy. Alexis Sanchez was left out of Arsenal for this weekend’s Premier League match against Bournemouth, ostensibly with a transfer to Manchester City or Manchester United in mind. And Arsenal are considering a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Aubameyang was also dropped from Dortmund’s squad for disciplinary reasons ahead of their Bundesliga match this weekend, indicating that Dortmund may indeed be ready to sell the forward.

Either one of those players could provide Real Madrid with some more attacking potency. And there’s no reason Real Madrid should remain complacent in the transfer window. Madrid have no excuse now to not go out and sign a few players to try to salvage their season.

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But it would be naive to think that Real Madrid’s problems can be solved by adding a few new signings. Los Blancos look tired, and out of ideas. New signings aren’t going to fix Madrid’s intensity problems. They’re not going to prevent teams from cutting through the midfield like butter. They’re not going to fix Madrid’s problems with goal conversion.

Real Madrid should definitely sign players, but Madrid fans shouldn’t put their hope in any new signings magically turning the season around.

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