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Real Madrid star in danger of missing Mallorca clash due to suspension
It is universally known that Vinicius Jr does not have the best disciplinary record on the field. Though the Brazilian is indeed prey to several atrocities both on and off the field, with statistics showing that he was at the receiving end of 62 of the 22 fouls Real Madrid have faced the term.
However, his aggressive reactions during games often see him sanctioned. So far this season, the Brazilian winger has already seen four yellow cards and finds himself on the fence.
If the youngster goes into the referee’s book in tonight’s clash against Valencia, he will miss the game against Mallorca as a result of an accumulation of cards. This places both Vinicius and Carlo Ancelotti in a delicate situation.
No opposition can be taken for granted in the long league season, especially given the long injury list at the club. Real Madrid are already eight points behind Barcelona, albeit with a game in hand, and cannot afford any slip-ups in the games to come.
Mallorca, especially, have had an impressive season so far, sitting in 10th place with seven wins out of 19.
Vinicius has participated in all 18 of Real Madrid’s league games this season and has barely missed a minute of action. In that duration, he has scored six goals and provided three assists for the Merengues with close to two key passes per game.
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Real Madrid identify two positions that need strengthening in the summer – report
According to reports from Mario Cortegana (h/t Madrid Zone), Real Madrid have two objectives for the upcoming summer transfer window. The centre-forward and the right-wing position are seen as the two positions to be reinforced but no decision has been made yet about making a move.
This comes over and above the Merengues’ pre-existing need for new midfielders and full-backs in the coming windows.
At first sight, it may appear that Los Blancos are well stacked in the final third. In Vinicius Jr, Karim Benzema and Rodrygo Goes, they have three starting quality players who are well-complemented by the likes of Marco Asensio and Federico Valverde.
Yet, Vinicius is the only player on the aforementioned list who can boast of a starting role in a fixed position for at least the next decade.
There is worry over the centre-forward role considering Benzema’s lack of form and fitness throughout the current campaign. With the Ballon d’Or winner already 35, the club need a young reinforcement soon which is evident with the team’s struggle for goals this term.
Los Blancos have already invested heavily in Endrick in this regard. However, that has not stopped them from following established options like Dusan Vlahovic and Erling Haaland as their Brazilian wonderkid will not arrive until 2024.
The right wing is also understaffed despite the presence of young Rodrygo and Fede Valverde. The duo have no dearth of talent but have not managed to click on the wing as well as the manager would have liked.
Thus, it remains to be seen as to who the club targets to strengthen the wing and aim to stretch the play. Given the heavy investment planned for Jude Bellingham, a low-cost option is likely to be considered.