Even though Real Madrid have had a really good start to the season in terms of goalscoring, there is still work left to be done, players left to be bought, and we’ve yet to figure out whether this sort of goal-scoring will be sustained or not. It could, because Vinicius Jr has shown a lot of improvement, and Karim Benzema has had a fantastic start to the season too. It also might not, you never know.
Form dips are common, though, and even more so for youngsters. Benzema, on the other hand, is going to stay consistent with it, but he’s not getting any younger, which is why Real Madrid need to find a solution to those problems on a more permanent basis.
Real usually play three attackers, and only two of them are constants in the lineup; Benzema and Vinicius. The third is one of Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard and Rodrygo Goes, none of whom has had a consistent goal-scoring run. So there’s definitely a dire need for a goalscorer.
There were reports from AS and talk amongst the fans about how it would be great if Real Madrid sign Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski. OK, look, I know Lewandowski is a fantastic footballer, one of the very best players in the world, and is ageing like fine wine just like his counterpart at Madrid. But, given Real Madrid’s transfer policy in recent years, I just don’t think they’d really go for him. But not just that, there are so many other reasons.
Lewandowski helps with Real Madrid’s problems for the present, but what about the future?
Real Madrid already have a goalscorer, as I said, for the present in Karim Benzema. The Frenchman might not score 40 goals a season, but he’s still an incredible player and provides so much more than just goals. Lewandowski and Benzema are the same age, so it wouldn’t make much sense in the long run.
Lewandowski’s wage demands would also be huge. At the moment, Real Madrid are going for young players and building the team for the future. After this season, they’d get rid of the big contracts of Isco, Marcelo and Gareth Bale, so they’d have much more room to work on signing players with a very high ceiling. Lewandowski would ask for comparatively more money than the youngsters that may join the club later on.
Of course, there’s also the case of Kylian Mbappe hopefully joining Real Madrid on a free transfer next season. He would also demand high wages, so Real would have to decide which players to use the rest of the wage budget on. Do you think it’d be Lewandowski, or another top Bundesliga striker that plays for Dortmund?
Due to the club’s transfer policy, signing Erling Haaland would be a much bigger priority for Real Madrid. He’s one of the best players in the world at the age of just 21, and he would be a huge asset for any club that he goes to.
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If reports are to be believed, there would be a host of clubs looking to offer Haaland lucrative contracts next season, and Real Madrid will probably be one of them. It would make much more sense for the club to go for him rather than to go for Lewandowski. And even if they’re not able to sign him, there are many positions that require signings. If you sign a player like Lewandowski, you don’t get the flexibility in the wage bill to sign many players.
Real have to build for the future, and there’s no better time to do it.