After Gonzalo Higuaín was sold to Napoli during the summer, it seemed like Real Madrid was making a statement in regards to Karim Benzema, who was destined to be the team’s no. 1 choice for the striker role.
The reality, however, is that the French striker is having a tough year at Real Madrid, losing the confidence of the manager, his teammates and the fans as they are constantly cheering against him even when the team plays at Santiago Bernabeu.
The former Lyon star has been called out as the main reason why Los Blancos aren’t as strong on the attack as they were in previous years, and his apparent lack of effort on the pitch certainly doesn’t please the fans, who are very demanding on that department.
Many fans are beginning to think Benzema is not the solution to Real Madrid’s attacking problems and that he should be sold, perhaps to finance Luis Suarez’s arrival or just to get him out of the squad. But is that the solution?
Benzema has been with Los Merengues since the 2009-10 season and has scored at least 20 goals per campaign the last three years, which is a solid quantity. He’s relatively young, being just 25-years old, so there’s a lot of upside left as strikers usually peak around 29-32. Finally, his capacity to play all over the attack means he’s the perfect complement to players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, who thrive on playing with someone up front that can create open spaces.
The fans might get impatient and Carlo Ancelotti might try to start another player in the lone striker role, but Real Madrid shouldn’t let him go that easily as they will a heavy task trying to replace him.