3 overlooked needs Real Madrid must address

Real Madrid, Florentino, Perez (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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Real Madrid, Marco Asensio
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A cultured left foot…with added dynamism

Maybe this response goes with the first one, because Mallorca’s Takefusa Kubo can also fulfill this need. Kubo is a playmaker who has shown some scoring potential, and we all know how skillful he is as a dribbler. As a left-footer, he can cut inside from the right and give Real a scoring option there, which they have been lacking.

As of right now, Real Madrid have two left-footed attackers in their first team. Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio. Bale is gone at the end of the season, so we can remove him from the equation. Asensio’s own future is cloudy, but even if he stays, he is not dynamic enough to be the only left-footed option. He struggles to carry the ball and create, and while his left foot is indeed cultured, he struggles to create his own shot against better opponents that do not afford so much space.

So Real Madrid need to go for a left-footed player on the right wing who can offer scoring threat and the all-around capabilities that a modern-day winger should. See the theme? Real Madrid need young, talented players who fit the current philosophies of football.

Kubo is an option. Brahim Diaz is not left-footed, but he is a loanee who is very comfortable shooting with his left. And he is both dynamic and a willing worker, from what we have seen in Madrid and Milan over the past couple of seasons.

As far as options outside of Madrid, there are a few. But this is a scarce position where quality is not cheap. Antony of Ajax is the best bet in terms of youth and upside, but Leeds’ Raphinha is intriguing, too. He is an incredibly exciting right winger, though Premier League targets are rarely cheap. And after 2020-21, the secret is fully out now.