Real’s search for a striker — who fits the bill?

January 14, 2011

SOCCER-EUROPAJose Mourinho’s constant pressuring of Real Madrid for another striker has finally paid off, with director general Jorge Valdano saying they were in the market for a number nine.

In the past, many top clubs would have been worried that the world’s richest club by income according to the Deloitte’s Football Money League, would be turning the heads of their prize assets.

This time, however, Real have set themselves an even tougher task. They only want to borrow a striker on loan until the end of the season when Gonzalo Higuain should have recovered from the back surgery he underwent on Tuesday.

Their only other recognised striker, Karim Benzema, “lacks a hunger for goals,” Mourinho said after another disappointing display from the Frenchman in the King’s Cup on Thursday. He has only scored once in La Liga this season.

The Spanish media quickly cranked into gear with a shopping list of possible targets.

1. Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor leads the betting at present, ticking all the right boxes. A powerful target man in the mould of former Mourinho favourites Didier Drogba and Diego Milito, he is surplus to requirements at City and eligible to play in the Champions League.

2. Bayern Munich’s Miroslav Klose is out of contract with the German club at the end of the season and spending most of his time warming the bench. He is an experienced goalscorer, but he would not be able to play in Europe.

3. Sevilla’s Luis Fabiano has dropped down the pecking order with new coach Gregorio Manzano but the club have often driven a hard bargain with sales to Real in the past.

4. Hercules striker Nelson Valdez has made his mark in La Liga with seven goals so far this season. The promoted club could be tempted to cash in.

It would be a big ask for any of these players to slot straight in to Madrid’s team and produce the goods, but as everyone already knows that the man who scores all the goals at Real Madrid anyway is Cristiano Ronaldo.

He has scored 30 goals in all competitions to date. So who needs a centre-forward?

PHOTO: Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor walks on the field during their Europa League match against Red Bull Salzburg at The City of Manchester Stadium, December 1, 2010. REUTERS/Phil Noble


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I dont think Adebayor is Mourinho’s type of player at all but they are pretty desperate for ocver, although Ronaldo could play upfront easily like he did for Man U despite never being described as a striker

Posted by mark-meadows | Report as abusive

Maybe Blackpool’s Luke Varney is the man for the job?

Posted by red_devil | Report as abusive

Now seriously, I don’t think any of the above would agree to stand in as temporary cover for Higuain. Real should perhaps offload Benzema and buy a permanent replacement. Adebayor is the obvious choice, the problem is that fitting another prima donna into a team full of big egoes is a thankless task.

Posted by red_devil | Report as abusive

And now there us fevered speculation that Ruud van Nistelrooy could be making his way back on loan.
Should they have held on to Raul during the summer?

Posted by Moosejaw | Report as abusive

Mourinho has been criticised in Spain for not bringing someone through from the academy as a temporary replacement. That seems a bit unfair. You can hardly expect a callow youth to fill Higuain’s shoes. The real problem is Benzema. Bite the bullet, get shot of him and spend the money on a temporary replacement.

Posted by AudreyHepburn | Report as abusive

I’m suprised if Jose didn’t try to prise Drogba away from Chelsea.


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