Anybody who watched Dani Ceballos‘ performance for Spain against Romania on Friday should be surprised that a player of his ability could have been forced to join Arsenal in order to find minutes. He had no place at Real Madrid, and he had no real choice.
Now, Madrid have problems, with midfielders lacking. Despite preferring a 4-3-3 formation, Zinedine Zidane doesn’t have the depth to see him through a season.
It’s true that Zidane looks for other options, like playing Marcelo ahead of Isco in an attacking position, but the fact remains that Los Blancos are weaker in midfield, even after huge investment this summer. Paul Pogba didn’t come in, while Ceballos, Marcos Llorente, Mateo Kovacic and Martin Odegaard were allowed to leave.
It was evident that Madrid needed reinforcements in midfield.
Even before Zidane took the ‘it’s Pogba or nobody’ approach this summer, Madrid should have brought people in. They had Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek available but failed to make moves happen. With no injuries, the pair would struggle to break into the team, but now with the midfield hit, options are desperately needed.
It’s just another example of Zidane and the sports management not following the same path since his return. It happened in his first spell too, but his three Champions Leagues overshadowed it.
Mistakes have been made, and the fans don’t appear to be in a forgiving mood, not even for a legend like Zidane.