The 3 remaining weaknesses for Real Madrid to address

Real Madrid, Luka Jovic (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid, Marco Asensio
Real Madrid, Marco Asensio (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images) /

Goal-scoring from the wings

This is a weakness that could be solved by a signing or it could be solved by a breakout season from Rodrygo Goes. The 2019 summer signing only scored four goals in LaLiga this season, but at the end of the year, he was clinical, producing goals in the league and, most memorably in the Champions League. He saved Real Madrid against both Chelsea and Manchester City.

Rodrygo cannot play as an inverted winger, and Real already have a great source of goals on the left wing in another youngster. Vinicius Jr. scored an incredible 17 goals in his breakout 2021/22 season as one of the world’s best players.

So Rodrygo needs to step up and score goals on the right side. If he cannot, Real Madrid will have a serious concern in terms of goal-scoring on the right side. Fede Valverde is a great player but not a goal-scorer; that is not his role on the right wing anyway. Marco Asensio needs to go, but he did score 10 goals in the league last year. That output must be replaced.

As for Eden Hazard, he is more of a playmaker than a goal-scorer at this stage. At not point in his Real Madrid career has he been a consistent scorer, so anything he provides is a bonus.

Inverted wingers on the right side are hard to come by. (Reminder: Respect Gareth Bale.) Riyad Mahrez is the only elite option that comes to mind, but the future 2023 free agent doesn’t seem to be on the market. Manchester City still seem to be hanging onto him.

Though a right-footed player, Serge Gnabry is an option on the right wing. He scored 14 goals from this position for Bayern Munich last season, making him a more prolific scoring option than even Asensio in the league. And he obviously offers a lot more as a ball progressor and playmaker.

Paulo Dybala is a left-footed player who apparently has interest from Real Madrid, and he is an excellent shooter. But can he fit as a winger for Los Merengues? I have serious doubts there.

Rodrygo is the best bet and is worth believing in as a breakout player, but Real could use one more guy on the right side who can help the cause.