5 replacements for Karim Benzema at Real Madrid
Real Madrid currently look like they can't even come close to mounting a challenge for the La Liga title as they sit in 4th position, 16 points behind league-leaders Barcelona. The Catalans have also been pretty active in the transfer market, which has sort of compounded the woes of Los Blancos.
Barcelona finally secured their long-term target Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool and the Blaugrana look even more devastating after his addition.
So, Real Madrid must now break their silence and look to bring players in to ensure the season isn't a complete failure. Of the many problems haunting Real this season, the absence of a clinical goal-scorer is one. Karim Benzema hasn't been in his elements for quite a while, so the need to add a striker is imperative.
Let's have a look at the players who Los Blancos can consider as a replacement for Karim Benzema:
#5 Andre Silva
The 22-year old Portugal international is also a decent option considering the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo himself wants him at Real Madrid. Silva was prolific at Porto last season but his big move to AC Milan has turned out to be a poor decision. But he is only 22 and his performances at his previous club show that the man has that genuine eye for goal.
He partnered Ronaldo for Portugal in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and even led the attack in his absence. Silva's performances for Portugal has been commendable and his understanding with Ronaldo can be a vital reason why the Los Blancos should definitely consider him as an option.
He has struggled to find his feet in Serie A and has lost his place to Nikola Kalinic, who joined Milan from Fiorentina this season. AC Milan, though, have failed collectively as a team which has shackled Silva's ability.
Silva showed what he is capable of when he was at Porto last season; the 22-year old scored 16 goals in 32 league appearances along with 6 assists while playing for the Dragons. So, for his age, he might be a gamble, but wasn't Benzema one as well? The Frenchman was signed from the French League which wasn't the most competitive at the time. Perhaps Silva can follow a similar career trajectory!