Despite being one of the biggest clubs in world football, Real Madrid have made some questionable transfer decisions in the past. The trend has continued and the Galacticos have some unwanted players at the Bernabeu now as well.
Real Madrid have not shied away from spending money in the transfer market, but that only increases the scrutiny on players who fail to perform.
The players currently out on loan from Real Madrid were regarded as some of the best young players in the world when they signed for Los Blancos. However, they have failed to live up to the hype.
Questions have to be raised about Real Madrid's heavy expenditure and subsequent misuse of various players.
Here we will look at the 5 players whose careers have stalled at Real and need to leave the club to progress.
#5 Luka Jovic
After a phenomenal 2018/19 season with Eintracht Frankfurt, Luka Jovic was linked with some of the biggest clubs in the world.
Despite being heavily linked to Barcelona, Jovic ultimately signed for Real Madrid for a fee of £57 million. With Karim Benzema in his 30s, the Serbia international was seen as the ideal option to replace the Frenchman in the long run. Unfortunately, that has not been the case.
Jovic struggled to get going at Real Madrid. A combination of poor performances, as well as Benzema's continued excellence, saw Jovic fail to replicate his Eintracht Frankfurt form. The 23-year old scored just two goals in 32 appearances in all competitions in one and a half seasons.
The striker is currently back on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt and is refining his form.
Jovic has made 16 appearances since joining the Bundesliga side in January this year and has scored four goals. With Los Blancos linked with Erling Braut Haaland and Kylian Mbappe, it would be better for Jovic to start afresh by making the switch to Frankfurt a permanent one.
#4 Mariano Diaz
Cristiano Ronaldo's departure in 2018 saw Real Madrid enter the market to sign an attacking player. However, it was surprising to see them bring back Mariano Diaz from Lyon for a fee of £19 million.
Diaz was a product of Real Madrid's academy, having departed the club in 2017 after limited chances. The striker shone for Lyon, scoring 21 goals in all competitions for the club in the 2017/18 season. With Real Madrid desperate to bolster their forward options, they decided to sign Diaz.
The 27-year old has once again struggled to get game time at the club. Since rejoining the club, Diaz has made 44 appearances in all competitions, scoring six goals. The form of Benzema, as well as younger options like Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior has resulted in Diaz falling down the pecking order.
West Ham United have been linked with him previously and it looks likely that Diaz will depart Real Madrid in the summer.
#3 Alvaro Odriozola
Real Madrid have a history of investing in prodigious Spanish talents. Alvaro Odriozola was a highly-touted player when he signed for the club back in 2018.
The Spain international joined Real Madrid from Real Sociedad for a fee of £27 million. Dani Carvajal had been a reliable player at right-back for Real Madrid for some time, but Odriozola was supposed to provide competition for the position.
However, the 25-year old has barely featured for Real Madrid. Since joining the club, Odriozola has made 37 appearances in all competitions for the club. His lack of game time saw him join Bayern Munich on loan in January 2020.
The likes of Borussia Dortmund, Fiorentina and AC Milan are said to be interested in the right-back, and it makes sense for him to leave Real Madrid as soon as possible.
Like Alvaro Odriozola, Isco was another expensive Spanish buy for Real Madrid. The midfielder has enjoyed some good moments with the club in the past but has now fallen down the pecking order.
A talented midfielder, Isco shunned interest from Manchester City to join Real Madrid in 2013 for a fee of £27 million.
The Spain international was an integral part of the Los Blancos first team during his first few years. His technical ability, creativity and reading of the game made him one of the best attacking midfielders in the world.
However, in recent years, Isco's value has plummeted. The 29-year old is currently a squad player for Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid. He has made 333 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring 51 goals.
Isco has made just eight starts in the league this season and provided a solitary assist. A change of scenery seems to be necessary for the Spaniard.
#1 Martin Odegaard
A prodigious talent, Martin Odegaard has been in the spotlight since making his debut for Norway's senior team at the age of 15.
Linked with some of the biggest clubs in the world, Odegaard decided to join Real Madrid in 2015 from Stromsgodset. The Norwegian spent the majority of his initial seasons playing for Real Madrid Castilla, and moved to Heerenveen on loan in 2017.
However, it was his loan spell with Vitesse that proved to be crucial. Odegaard then joined Real Sociedad on loan in 2019, and was one of their most important players that season. His performances for Real Sociedad prompted claims that he would be a key member of Real Madrid's senior squad when he returned.
That wasn't the case though. After limited action at Real, the 22-year old is out on loan again - this time at Arsenal. His quality is undeniable, and his impressive performances for the Gunners have prompted rumors that Arteta wants him at the club on a permanent deal.