The summer transfer window tends to be an exciting time for Madridistas. Rumours usually indicate a big signing to add gloss to an already star-studded Madrid squad. So far this summer however, Madrid have abstained from making typically flashy signings.
Danilo, while by no means a cheap addition, is not a Galactico. Kiko Casilla, Marco Asensio, Denis Cheryshev, Lucas Vázquez and Casemiro are excellent reinforcements, but also do not attract the media attention and shirt sales that players such as Bale and James have to offer.
Thus, the rumour mill continues churning. BeIN Sports reports that Los Blancos are leading the chase for Dortmund star Marco Reus, while other rumours continue suggesting a return to Spain for big man Fernando Llorente.
While many fans demand an additional striker to challenge Benzema for the position up top, Benítez’s arrival may deem such calls unnecessary. Already 30, Ronaldo is earmarked to make a permanent move to the No. 9 position. Even if Benítez decides that it is too soon to restrict Cristiano of the freedom he possesses on the left flank, he is more than capable of filling in for Benzema in the occasions where the Frenchman is injured or fatigued.
Bale, Isco and Jesé have even taken up the role in the past. Marco Reus and Llorente are proven and skilled players, but may not necessarily be needed for the current Madrid squad.
Last season, Madrid suffered from a lack of depth. While the injury of Modrić particularly upset Madrid’s trophy pursuit, it is Jesé who Madrid truly missed.
After coming on and scoring against Valencia in the Mestalla on the 22nd of December, 2013, Jesé continued in fine form and finished the season having scoring against FC Barcelona in the Camp Nou and against Atletico in front of the Madrid faithful. Marca and AS routinely portrayed the Madrid youngster on their covers, some labelled him the best La Fábrica graduate since Iker and others even called for Jesé to start ahead of Gareth Bale.
Instead of continuing his rise to stardom, Jesé suffered an untimely injury in a Champions League match against Schalke, ruling him out of the 2013/14 campaign. Since then, the Canarian native has struggled to find his form.
As is typical, the impatient Madrid supporters are already overlooking the youngster in search of a proven player. With Madrid already needing to accommodate Isco, James, Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo in only four positions, an additional player to add to Benítez’s confusion may disrupt the squad.
Cheryshev and Vázquez will be quality substitutions when Madrid are in need of creativity and pace. Jesé, meanwhile, must once again show the Madridistas what he has to offer. Having had a complete summer of both fitness and tactical preparation and with Benítez likely to rotate the squad often in the coming season, it is the perfect time.
Fans, however, must be patient and avoid calling for additional reinforcements.