There is a glaring imbalance in the Real Madrid squad heading into the 2023-24 campaign. After all, most of their departures in the ongoing transfer window have come from the forward department while reinforcements have been centred around the midfield.
As it stands, Los Blancos have just three options to deploy in the final third. Vinicius and Rodrygo remain the two poster boys of the Merengues‘ attack, while newly signed Joselu can act as a more than able central striker.
Meanwhile, the midfield is overcrowded. Aurelien Tchouameni, Toni Kroos, Eduardo Camavinga, Arda Guler, Luka Modric, Jude Bellingham, Brahim Diaz, and Dani Ceballos all fight for just three starting spots in Carlo Ancelotti’s 4-3-3 setup, placing the manager in a dilemma over how to utilise all his options.
According to Guillermo Rai, the Italian gaffer sees a change in formation to be his best bet. He is considering two possible tweaks to his formation for the upcoming campaign so as to tailor it to the resources available.
The first option in Ancelotti’s mind is to deploy a 4-4-2 system, thereby adding an extra midfielder at the cost of a forward. Vinicius and Rodrygo would occupy the attacking positions in such a formation.
Bellingham, Tchouameni, Camavinga and either Kroos or Modric completing the midfield, while Guler could also be an option for the right-midfield role.
The alternative approach that appeals to Ancelotti is a 4-2-3-1.
Such a formation would help the manager extract the best out of new signing Guler who functions optimally behind a central striker. While the arrangement of players around him remains unclear, Tchouameni and Kroos would be best placed to play as the double pivot.
The possibility of switching to a 4-3-1-2 setup has also been reported in the media in the recent past.
It is safe to say that the manager has a starkly different squad from the one he had last season. Ancelotti will need a good amount of time to try out permutations and strike gold in terms of team chemistry. Yet, one knows that there will be no going back once the team finds its mojo.
Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano
Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.
Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.
Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.
Real Madrid impressed by Endrick
Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.
The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.
And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.
Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.
Endrick also learning new languages
Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.
The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.
As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.
Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.