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Real Madrid to consider three criteria before signing a new striker

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In just two league games, Real Madrid already have six different goalscorers. The statistic is a testament that the team always finds new outlets to score when needed but also sparks a mild concern over the centre-forward position.

Karim Benzema has been far from his best in the two La Liga games so far and his only goal came from a penalty. One can be assured that the Frenchman will recover his form in the coming days but it is concerning that there is no backup option.

According to reports from AS (h/t RM4Arab), Los Blancos do not want to sign a striker without a logical reason. They want to make sure that the player they sign is young, talented and approved by the entire board as a replacement for Karim Benzema.

One of the main reasons Real Madrid are hesitant to sign a forward is that they want to avoid another Luka Jovic or Mariano situation. Both the strikers were brought in to cover for Benzema in recent years but failed to make any impact.

Real Madrid will not pursue a star signing for the striker position, and thus, have been on the constant lookout for young talents. Jonathan Burkardt, Sasa Kalajdzic, Roko Simic, Brian Brobbey and Noah Okafor are some of the profiles Los Blancos are scouting.

One striker who the club have already signed is Iker Bravo. While the official announcement has not yet been made, the club have an agreement in place with the Spaniard and are just awaiting FIFA’s approval.

The teenager was phenomenal last season with Bayer Leverkusen’s youth teams and will join Castilla where he will work under Raul Gonzalez.

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  1. Abdulhakeem Abubakar Mahmud

    August 24, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    I totally agree with the RM board regarding careful choice of striker but can try Latasa and Rodrigo Goes as Benzema backup for this season while Valverde will continue as RW.

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Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report

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Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.

The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.

Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.

This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.

Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia

Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.

With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.

Ancelotti to go with a makeshift central defensive pairing vs Valencia (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.

Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.

What are Ancelotti’s other options?

Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.

The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.

Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.

Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.

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