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Bale to be Madrid’s superstar? Is Benzema good enough?
- Updated: July 27, 2018
It’s no longer news that Real Madrid are in the market looking for a suitable replacement that can fill Cristiano Ronaldo’s void at the Bernabeu. However, recent reports from Marca suggest that Welshman Gareth Bale is being considered to take over as the club’s star and franchise player of the 2018/19 football season.
Gareth Bale who scored a brace the UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool with a peach of a goal inclusive was expected to leave Real Madrid this summer, but it appears the player has gone back on his decision to quit the Bernabeu after the resignation of Zinedine Zidane and most recently the departure of Ronaldo to Juventus.
This development left Bale as arguably the most reliable and experienced attacker in the Madrid setup going by his contributions to the side in some major games. However, the question is this; Can Gareth Bale be the star man in a club of Real Madrid’s status?
One must consider Lopetegui’s planned system for the Los Blancos before any answer can be given to the question. It has been revealed that Lopetegui plans to play Bale alongside Benzema. However, there is the need for someone who can bang in the goals on the regular at Madrid. The duo of Benzema and Bale have not proven that they can deliver the goals consistently at Ronaldo’s rate in previous seasons, although this could be due to the system in place which made the Portuguese to even thrive better than CF’s in the team.
Bale’s antecedents at Spurs before his move to the Bernabeu speaks volumes, but the player is not getting any younger, and still has fitness concerns, and it would be a risky proposition for the Madrid hierarchy to fully rely on Bale’s abilities alongside the ‘hot and cold’ Benzema ahead of a season that’ll will be tough due to how their rivals have reinforced.
VERDICT – Bale won’t replace Ronaldo effectively without any other new quality attacker to complement him. His fitness is also questionable. The Los Blancos have to go all out for another dreaded world-class attacker alongside Isco, as well as a prolific typical striker who’ll be consistent enough to slot in the goals on a regular. Madrid might need to call it quits on the Benzema project.