4 Players Real Madrid should off-load
What a turbulent season it has been for Real Madrid. A roller-coaster of a ride, to say the least. Julen Lopetegui came and left, lasting only four and a half months. Former club player Santiago Solari came in to steady the ship but has been inconsistent at best.
This was to be expected, however, club legend and icon Cristiano Ronaldo left the team. Let's not forget Zinedine Zidane left the helm. How do you replace these two figures, who were so influential to the club's recent three consecutive Champions League titles?
A reportedly $38.7 million (BBC Sport) was spent on Vinicius Jr, but he's far too young to fill such void. His recent performances, however, show glimpses of what promises to be a legendary career. Throughout the squad, young players are emerging fighting for a place in the quad. Young gems such as Marco Lorrente, Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and recent addition Alvaro Odriozola.
Other players have not found it that easy this season. Isco, for example, has not found playing time easy to come by since Solari's arrival. Solari's refusal to use the Spaniard's services have become all too evident. Gareth Bale, who was expected to shine following Ronaldo's departure, has been a shadow of his $85.3 million transfer fee. With Real Madrid supporters patience running thin on the Welshmen.
Football at the end of the day is a business. And the arrival and departures of players are common in today's modern sport. With reports Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic might arrive at the club, it's no surprise some players might be heading out the door. Here I take a look at four players Real Madrid should look to off-load. Some have been loyal servants for the club, while others have found a series of injuries, hampering any chance at a spot in the team.
In his prime, Marcelo is one of the greatest left-backs to play the sport. His constant bursts forward, and quickness to transition back and defend are met by few. Marcelo was a key figure last season, in Real Madrid overhaul of three consecutive Champions League titles. This season, however, has seen Marcelo look a shadow of his former self. Marcelo has registered two goals in 11 games, and has yet to register an assist in La Liga.
In the Champions he's feared a little better with a goal and assist in four games. Marcelo has battled hamstring injuries throughout the season, which has left Real Madrid depending on inexperienced 22-year Sergio Reguillon. To be fair to Marcelo, he played at the World Cup in the summer and has been allowed little rest with Real Madrid's congested fixtures.
But Real Madrid is the pinnacle. To be at Real Madrid you need to be consistent in delivering top quality performances. Opposing players have found it easy to exploit the voids left by Marcelo at the back. There have been reports he's been out of shape, and at 30 years of age, it's hard to see him playing the game we gone accustomed to seeing from Marcelo.