The winter transfer windows are very near at hand and as usual, rumors have begun to spread regarding the players likely to come in and out of Real Madrid. Some of the players that have been mentioned so far include Edin Dzecko, Fernando Llorente, Javier Pastore, Emmanuel Adebayor, and a few others.
These rumors have intensified mainly because of the latest injury to Argentinian striker, Gonzalo Higuain and the under performing French man, Karim Benzema.
In reality, Real Madrid does not need signings for the rest of the season. As of now, the team has 25 squad members which is the maximum required in the Spanish League. This invariably means that for one person to come in, another has to leave, hence taking this club a few steps backward after having developed well this season.
At the beginning of the season, reports revealed that Jose Mourinho requested for a striker, but the administration refused him. Those reports had died down after Jose Mourinho said that Real Madrid will not be active in the winter transfer market, meaning everybody on the team has at least one year to prove they deserve to wear the white outfit.
However, after the match on the 29th of November, president Florentino Perez announced that the club will be in search of a central midfielder and a striker in January.
His announcement came as a shock to me because, even thought it doesn't seem like it, this team has something good going on, and buying a new player at the expense of one of the team's players will be a major step backward.
Here are a few reasons why Real Madrid are better off without a new player.
Real Madrid presently has the youngest team in the spanish league, after they signed some of the hottest young prospects in world football today. Higuain, Ozil, Khedira, Benzema, Angel Di Maria,etc, still have at least ten years of top notch football ahead of them.
The potential in the squad is enough to keep the squad going for another decade but they need confidence and trust from the club, and buying and selling players is not going to help. These young players should develop into the core components of this team.
Higuain's injury is a major blow to the team, but Benzema can fill in for him quite easily. The French man had a monster game against Auxerre on Wednesday, and one can only expect a lot more from him if given more time and faith.
There has been so much talk of getting a more classic striker like Edin Dzecko or Fernando Llorente because the two striker presently on the team tend to drift out of the eighteen yard box too often. I don not agree with this because the system Real Madrid has played so far this season involves quick passing in the final third, and having a static nine will just hinder the flow of their play. It will also make it very easy to mark the attackers out of the game. Higuain and Benzema try to get involved in the build up of an attack, and that's a good thing.
People also tend to forget that Higuain and Benzema are only 23 and 22 years old respectively, and still have a lot of time to improve. Their maturity in front of goal will only get better with time.
This season, Real Madrid has scored 55 goals in all competitions. They have 35 points in La liga, and a record high 16 points in the supposed group of death in the UEFA Champions league. Benzema also scored the club's 300th goal in the Champions league; the highest ever in the competition. Before the 29th of November, Real Madrid had conceded only six goals in twelve appearances in La liga while scoring 33. Only two goals were conceded in the Champions League as opposed to the 15 scored.
They are not doing badly at all, so there really isn't any urgent need for reinforcements.
Everything seemed to be perfect before the 29th of November, and after that day, things weren't so merry for the team. It started with the first defeat of the season; then to Higuain's injury; and down to the unnecessary punishment UEFA gave to Mourinho, Dudek, Casillas, Alonso, Sergio Ramos, and the club itself for their antics against Ajax.
It was all gloom and doom until the wins against Valencia and Auxerre. The pains and disappointments are still there, but sometimes, such tragedies need to occur for a team to grow. These crop of players that experienced such hard times together will only become bigger and more mature footballers, and they'll also become a better family.
The encouragement they share with each other will count for something in the future, and the least Perez can do for them is help their confidence and faith in the club by trusting them and not buying any new players in January. They are slowly getting their rhythm back, so disrupting their resurrection by selling one of them will only leave the rest of the team feeling betrayed and discouraged.
The doctors have now confirmed that Kaka and Gago should be back by the new year. In fact, Kaka has already started working outdoors.
These two will be very important assets to the team. Kaka's experience will come in handy against the big boys in Europe, and Mourinho can rotate him and Ozil every once in a while to wear down opponents. Subbing any one of the two won't necessarily mean switching to more defensive tactics.
Gago is quite decent defensively, and he has a good eye for some killer passes. His form has not been the most impressive for some time now, but during the pre-season games, he showed glimpses of the Gago we bought to replace club legend, Fernando Redondo.
The two of them will be vital to the team's hunt for silverware, and like Mourinho said, you can't get players of better quality for free in the January transfer market.
Real Madrid Castilla players, Pablo Sarabia and Antonio Adan made their debuts for the senior team in Real Madrid's easy victory over Auxerre on Wednesday. Any Madridista would have hoped to see at least one of them yesterday, and they did.
Sarabia was particularly impressive. He was not afraid to take on the Ronaldo/ Di Maria role for the team. He dribbled past players when he felt it was necessary and some of his step overs made him look like a 19 year old Cristiano Ronaldo. Adan, made some good saves of his own, so the two of them had debuts to be proud of.
However, there's much more from where that came from. Real Madrid should look at its youth team for solutions sometimes, instead of rushing to the transfer market. Many of the Castilla players made it to the under 17 world cup, not just because they play for Real Madrid, but because they have the quality.
The team can only get stronger from here, but stability is very important. Selling and buying players really does not solve a lot of problems, especially at a time when the team contains some of the best young players in the world. Let the team continue growing, and only time will tell where this team will be in a few years. Jose Mourinho has done an amazing job with the players and sometimes, it's easy to forget that many of the players and the coach himself are not even up to a year old at the club. The team is far ahead of where it was expected to be by now.