Real Madrid’s Striker Dilemma: Holes in the Squad and the Mbappe Factor

Even the most ardent Real Madrid fans acknowledge the gaps in the current squad. While the team boasts an array of quality players, including one of Europe’s finest midfield departments, there’s no escaping the evident lack of depth in certain positions on the field.

Foremost among these gaps is the absence of a striker. The departure of Karim Benzema, who not only provided a consistent goal-scoring source but also embodied the club’s identity, left a significant void at Santiago Bernabeu as he moved on to Al-Ittihad.

Real Madrid’s response to this void has not been to secure a world-class striker as a replacement. Instead, they have once again become embroiled in the Kylian Mbappe transfer saga this summer, fueling hopes of his arrival.

Reports from SPORT reveal that Carlo Ancelotti, the manager, is deeply dissatisfied with the club’s planning for the ongoing season. A week before the league campaign’s commencement, Ancelotti faces the challenge of starting the campaign without a number 9 – a void he had explicitly requested to fill when Benzema announced his departure.

In response, Ancelotti had reportedly advocated for the acquisition of Harry Kane as a potential solution, even ahead of pursuing Mbappe.

Curiously, Real Madrid’s lack of assertive pursuit of Kane this summer, despite initial rumors, has raised eyebrows. At present, Bayern Munich appears to be the most probable destination for the English striker.

Real Madrid has introduced a new striker this summer, securing Joselu on a season-long loan from Espanyol. However, this move doesn’t seem to entirely compensate for Benzema’s absence.

The spotlight remains on the unfolding Mbappe transfer saga. Should the French star not find his way to Santiago Bernabeu this summer, the question arises: Will the club pivot towards alternative striker targets to address this pressing gap in their squad? The evolving weeks hold the answers, as Real Madrid navigates the delicate balance between securing their desired player and fortifying their squad in the best possible way.

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