Karim Benzema

Real Madrid must decide between Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata

Real Madrid are blessed with two superb strikers in Alvaro Morata and Karim Benzema. This season, Karim Benzema has seen the bulk of action, but has largely failed to deliver, whereas Alvaro Morata has proved himself despite getting limited playing time. Real Madrid must decide on which of these striker to let go in the summer transfer window.

Over the past the few years, there’s been persistent talk and hype of the Bale, Benzema and Cristiano ( BBC ) combination at Real Madrid. A rival of which, is, Barcelona’s Messi, Suarez and Neymar ( MSN ) attacking triumvirate. Whereas Barca’s MSN can boast of over 100 goals in each of the three seasons, Real Madrid’s BBC is really about one man, Cristiano Ronaldo. With Benzema and Bale just too inconsistent.

Karim Benzema rarely breaches the 25-goal mark, neither does Gareth Bale. This was perhaps why, Los Merengues activated the buy-back clause on their academy player Alvaro Morata, whom they had sold to Juventus in 2014. However, despite being brought back to Madrid for his stellar performances with Juve, he’s not played for the 11-time Champions League winners this term; nowhere near as much as he did with the Old Lady last season, anyway.

Alvaro Morata

For the most part of his career, Alvaro Morata has been a Madridista, playing for Los Blancos; the biggest club in the city where he was born. Jose Mourinho introduced him to the Real Madrid first team, but the young Spaniard failed to stake a claim to a first team place under the Portuguese gaffer.

The 24-year-old did feature more for Madrid under Carlo Ancelotti, he even got a cameo in the 2014 Champions League final. However, Morata needed more playing time for the sake of his burgeoning career and Juventus were prepared to offer him that, while Real Madrid dragged feet.

Knowing the innate talent in the striker, Real Madrid inserted a buy-back clause in his contract. They exercised it last summer, having seen him perform wonderfully well in Italy.

Despite not getting as much playing time as he’d expected upon his return to the Santiago Bernabéu, the Castilla graduate has posted a pretty decent goal return, much better than Zizou’s preferred man up front.

Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema is a top striker with Real Madrid. At a time not so long ago, the Frenchman was among the most revered strikers in European football. He’s just twenty-nine, but he’s been on the big stage long before the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Luis Suarez, Edison Cavani etc. came to the fore.

Benzema has been a winner prior to joining the 2012 La Liga champions. In 2008, he scored thirty-one goals in fifty-two games to help Lyon to the domestic double. By 2009, when he joined Real Madrid, he was regarded as a Galáctico.

Since joining Real Madrid, he’s consistently scored at least twenty goals, every season; with exception to his first campaign, where he managed just nine. His best goalscoring season to date was the 2011-12 season; the Lyon-born striker, scored thirty-two goals in all competitions, to help the Madridistas win the double.

Benzema has, however, been criticised for his poor work-rate. Both by the Spanish media and his previous managers. Former France manager, Laurent Blanc stated in 2010, that Benzema, was overweight and needed to lose some, if he hoped to reach his full potential.

This season, Benzema has been rather lacklustre for Real Madrid. His nine goals in La Liga, means, he’s still not hit double figures in the league, despite playing for a free-scoring Real Madrid team who are on the verge of their thirty-third Liga title.

Coach Zinedine Zidane does rotate his squad, but it’s no secret that Zizou prefers his misfiring countryman over the man we’re about to discuss next.

Who should leave?

It’s most likely that Alvaro Morata will be the one to leave Real Madrid in the end. However, if he’s allowed to depart Los Blancos , it’ll be another monumental error from Florentino Pérez and the Real Madrid hierarchy; just like letting go Gonzalo Higuain was.

morata vs benzema stats

Via WhoScored

Morata represents the future, he’s young, quick and deadly in the box. Despite seeing less than 1500 minutes of action for Real Madrid in all competitions, Alvaro Morata has scored five goals more than Benzema, who has played 2550 minutes in all competitions this season.

Real Madrid must understand that Karim Benzema is past his prime and let him gi. It’s time let Alvaro Morata prove his credential.

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