In one of the most low-key transfer windows in memory for Real Madrid, it has left them with a squad which is hard to improve, and a complete team with many options in most positions.
This has been seen already this season with a number of key players missing through injury, it has meant Real Madrid have already had to show how complete their squad is, and it’s worked out so far with a perfect record to start the season.
One of those players who has had to step in is Kiko Casilla who hasn’t put a put wrong so far this season, and shows that Madrid fans shouldn’t be too worried if Keylor Navas gets another injury. Navas himself has showed in the past 12 months that he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, so it’s a position that doesn’t need strengthening.
There are no holes in defence either as there is strength across all positions. At right back Danilo was brought in to replace Carvajal, but the Spaniard improved his performance to claim the starting spot. Danilo should be better this year which will leave two great players in the position.
At left back there is similar strength, with Marcelo enjoying his 11th season at the club and the returning Fábio Coentrão as back-up after having a spell on loan at Monaco last season. Rafael Varane will once again be trying to force his was into the team, but it shows how much strength that he can’t get in the side ahead of Pepe or Sergio Ramos. The club also have the Spanish international Nacho who can play anywhere along the back line.
One position that Real Madrid don’t really have strength in depth in is at the defensive midfield position, with Casemiro being the only natural player in the position in the first team squad. If he was to get injured then it’s likely that Toni Kroos would drop back and play there like he has done in the past. Kroos has showed quite clearly however that his best position if alongside Luka Modric in central midfield.
Mateo Kovačić is ready and willing to step up if either of those shouldn’t play and is a more natural central midfielder than either Isco or James Rodriguez who like to play further up the field. It’s a testament to the currently quality of the side that none of those three players feature in Zinedine Zidane’s first choice eleven, and all three players could be stars at some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
If the midfield three is settled, then the front three definitely are too. There will be no removal of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema or Cristiano Ronaldo this season, they are a brilliant trio who will hopefully fire Madrid to even more titles this season. All three however, have struggled with injuries in recent times with Benzema and Ronaldo having already missed the start of this season.
That means there will be plenty of opportunities for the players behind them which is why it was so important that Alvaro Morata was brought back to the club. He may not be a guaranteed starter, but he’ll play in a lot of games with season. The same can be said of Mariano, Lucas Vázquez and Marco Asensio who are all young players trying to make their mark in the team.
It may not have been the most spectacular of transfer windows for Real Madrid, but it didn’t have to be. The squad is one of the most complete that the club has had in years with a perfect mix of players. It sets up Real Madrid to have a great season and hopefully able to claim many trophies and another league title which the club haven’t won enough of in recent years. Real Madrid were sensible in the transfer window, which is unusual, but Madrid fans should be happy with the balance of the team and will be even happier when it keeps producing results on the pitch.