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Karim Benzema: As soon as Ronaldo left, Madrid needed to sign a prolific No.9. They still do. Of course, the idea (or perhaps 'hope') was that Ronaldo's departure would set Karim Benzema free and, in fairness, he has already scored more goals this season (20 in all competitions) since 2015-2016 (28). It's not proven anywhere near enough to fill the void left by the Portuguese, though. There have been nowhere near enough w88 casino decisive strikes either. Benzema produced an emphatic finish in the first leg against Ajax but was anonymous in the return, just as he was in the two Clasicos that preceded it. The forward still has plenty of friends in high places at the Bernabeu, so he should avoid the chopping block. However, for all his attacking attributes, the 31-year-old simply should not be spearheading Real's attack any longer.

Vinicius Junior: This one's not even up for debate. Vinicius Junior has been a ray of sunshine during these desperately dark days at the Bernabeu. Yes, he is a work in progress but the raw talent and the enormous potential are there for all to see. If Solari has done nothing else of value during his time in charge, he has at least let Vinicius Junior loose on La Liga. The Brazilian temporarily revived Real's season. If his former Flamengo youth team strike partner Rodrygo makes anything like the same impact when he arrives next season, Madrid will have serious grounds for optimism again.
Marco Asensio: Nobody expected Marco Asensio to replace Ronaldo in terms of goals. However, it was thought that the Spain international would adequately fill the void left by 'CR7' on the left wing. He had the ability, he had the experience and now he had the opportunity to establish himself as one of the world's best players. It's not gone according to plan.

The 23-year-old Asensio has been completely upstaged by the 18-year-old Vinicius. There have been question marks over Asensio's mental strength, given the way in which he has reacted to the pressure of succeeding Ronaldo. That seems terribly unfair but the Bernabeu is no place for sensitive souls and Asensio's future is very much in doubt, with mounting talk of a move to the Premier League. With Vinicius out of action for two months, Asensio needs to step up. If he doesn't, he'll be ditched.

Lucas Vazquez: Let's be brutally honest here: Lucas Vazquez shouldn't be 188bet Football News Real Madrid's first-choice right winger. In truth, there's probably no more damning indictment of the club's post-Zidane planning. The 27-year-old has performed reasonably well, by his standards; not by Real's. We are, after all, talking about a player playing in attack who has scored just once in La Liga this season. Madrid need to do whatever it takes to sign a world-class winger this summer.

Mariano Diaz: The attacker wasn't good enough for Real Madrid in 2017. He's still not good enough for Real Madrid. A year at Bordeaux didn't change anything. Of course, the Blancos only re-signed the forward because he was cheap and he was available. But you get what you pay for in this age and what Madrid now have is a player not even deemed good enough for a seat on the bench against Ajax. Mariano should be moved on again this summer.

Brahim Diaz: The 19-year-old Spaniard left Manchester City in January because he was promised first-team opportunities in Madrid. He's been given very few thus far. Indeed, he's seen just 24 minutes of game time. This week from hell could well work in his favour, though. With their season now effectively over and Vinicius and Vazquez both injured, it would be in the club's interest to take a closer look at Brahim between now and the end of the season before deciding to whether to send him out on loan this summer.

Gareth Bale: Less than a year ago, Gareth Bale came off the bench in the Champions League final and promptly scored one of the finest goals in the tournament's history as Real retained their European crown. On Tuesday night, he was sent on to try to rescue Madrid's season and was whistled by a significant section of the Bernabeu crowd. The Welsh winger has clearly failed dismally to integrate into the Blancos squad but his treatment by the club, its fans and his team-mates is still somewhat baffling. Granted, his injury record is frustratingly dire but he has scored some of the most important goals in Madrid's history. Regardless, he will almost certainly be ushered out the Bernabeu's back door this summer. He may have few supporters left in Spain but has a plethora of admirers 188bet tips and tricks in England. As one of Madrid's most valuable assets, Bale's sale and the removal of his hefty pay packet from the wage bill will free up funds for the long overdue reconstruction of Real Madrid.
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