4 inexpensive signings who could solve Real Madrid's scoring woes
This season has been shambolic for Real Madrid. The defending European champions have been out of sorts throughout this campaign, which led to the termination of Julen Lopetegui's contract and the subsequent appointment of Santiago Solari.
Despite results improving upon the Argentine's appointment, they are yet to hit form this season. However, they are winless in their last two LaLiga games and currently find themselves in the fifth place in LaLiga, 10 points behind the table-toppers and rivals, Barcelona.
More worryingly, the 33-time LaLiga champions are also struggling in front of goal, having scored a paltry 26 goals, which pales significantly in comparison to the 50 scored by Barcelona.
January transfer window gives them an opportunity to sign some quality strikers to improve their efficiency in front of goal. The subject of this piece would be to highlight four cheap forwards who could bail Real Madrid out of their attacking conundrum.
All transfer values are taken from transfermarkt.com
#4 Dries Mertens
Dries Mertens benefitted a lot from the tactical switch deployed by Maurizio Sarri when he was at Napoli. The Italian gaffer converted him from a winger into an auxiliary striker, following an injury to Milik. Since then, the Belgian has been emphatic in front of goal.
In his first season as the focal point of Napoli's attack, the 31-year-old banged in 28 goals from 35 matches, in addition to nine assists and finished just one goal behind eventual winner Eden Dzeko in the race for the Serie A Golden Boot. He followed that up with 18 goals and six assists in his next season.
So far this campaign, Mertens has scored eight goals and registered eight assists from 18 Serie A matches. With a transfer value of just €30 million, Dries Mertens would prove to be more than a decent value for the money spent, giving his propensity for scoring goals.