FIFA may have done Real Madrid a favour
I don’t want to analyse the ins and outs of FIFA’s sanction. What I want to touch on here is how the inelligebility of signing any players next summer and the following winter could actually be healthy for a club like Real Madrid. I also want to stress the mandatory sense and stability imposed. Does a club that finds it difficult to give playing time to the likes of Isco, James, Jesé, Casemiro and Lucas Vázquez really need to further strengthen its squad? What huge risks would Real Madrid take if they couldn’t bring in any new players in the next two transfer windows?
Let’s be clear here: the inability to sign players for a year will have a greater impact on the marketing department and adjoining offices than on the field of play. The president, with a greater need for support than ever, would not be able to regain the faith of the supporters with another new face, customary practice in every transfer window. There would be no lavish presentations, no bombastic speeches. The board members would not pose for their picture, the agents would not be clutching their commision and the media would be stripped of summer transfer speculation. That’s all.
The players would enjoy their summer holidays and would have no sleepless nights worrying over their future, and Zidane could plan the coming season with fewer concerns. With no accidents waiting to happen, we would be facing a very novel situation: peace, patience and trust.
But just imagine the accidents: let’s suppose Benzema’s trial means Real Madrid end up without their main striker. If that were the case, the formation would move from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2, benefitting the riches of playmakers in the side. Imagine the squad becomes riddled with injuries – it wouldn’t be an insurmountable problem: it happened at the start of this campaign and the squad proved it was more than capable of providing suitable cover.
Once again, I don’t want to analyse the ins and outs of the sanction; I’m just wondering why Real Madrid want Pogba, Hazard or Lewandowski (great players, without doubt). There’s something slightly childish about always wanting to sign stars, some sort of privileged whim that is only satiated with the latest Ferrari. Experience warns that you can’t build a team by collecting superstars. Trophies are only won with teams.