This would be Marco Asensio’s best role at Real Madrid

Real Madrid, Marco Asensio (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Marco Asensio (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images) /

Real Madrid have a couple of very special players in the attack, in Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr. But, they need a player who could complement those two from the right-wing and currently, there’s literally no one doing that, at least not doing it consistently. The wingers need to be better, and that list for sure includes Marco Asensio.

But, at least Marco Asensio has shown that he can be influential sometimes. He had that amazing hat-trick vs Real Mallorca within the first couple of months of the season. Then you think about his goal vs Inter, his goal vs Atletico Madrid, his performances against some other teams.

The biggest issue with Marco Asensio is consistency. But, that’s not the only issue. When he’s on the wing, he doesn’t have the pace to get past defenders that easily. So he settles for a pass to a midfielder or a cross that goes nowhere. It just doesn’t work sometimes. Another issue is when he goes up against low-blocks. The man becomes a bystander very easily, and that’s why it’s too risky to count on him week in, week out at the starting spot.

But, I think that there is a solution to this problem. What if Marco Asensio was turned into a super-sub?

Asensio is decisive and energetic when he comes off the bench for Real Madrid

There is one thing about Asensio that I absolutely love, and that same thing I hate as well: This guy plays really well if he’s dropped to the bench, and then starts playing really bad once he gets back into the line-up. Reminds me of Tim Hardaway Jr. on the Dallas Mavericks roster, to an extent.

But yes, Asensio provides a lot of energy when he comes off the bench for Real Madrid. He doesn’t have the problem of getting past the opposition defenders because it’s fresh legs vs tired legs, and the Spaniard knows how to take advantage of that.

And of course, we know that Asensio can shoot the ball well. Whether he actually does it or not is a different story, but yeah, he can. He’s actually very similar to Timmy, wow.

Sometimes, Asensio takes advantage of that when he comes off the bench, and that’s a very underrated part of football. Shot volume is very important in my opinion, it always results in chaos and potential second-chances, which is always a good thing.

The problem with Real Madrid is that if they put Marco Asensio on the bench, who the hell starts for them? Rodrygo is a shout but only if he’s consistent enough. Eden Hazard, I don’t know anymore. Gareth Bale would be – or, at least should be – the obvious choice if he’s fit, but if you know Bale, then you know it’s a pretty big ‘if’. But the Welsh star has recovered from his injuries, so hopefully, he does get some starts from now.

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Starting Asensio on the right wouldn’t really make things all that better for Real Madrid, but if he comes off the bench, then it could become a weapon for Carlo Ancelotti to use when things aren’t going his way.