Opinion – Real Madrid The opinion of Carlos Gonzalez
Real Madrid need to strengthen their attack ahead of next season and they need at least one star to come in, someone who can guarantee 40 goals per season. Right now, there are only two players ready to become such a reference point and they are Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.
If I were Florentino Perez then I would try to sign them both, but that seems impossible right now. So, in my opinion, I think the footballer who would fit in the best at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu is Haaland.
Nobody can doubt the tremendous quality of Mbappe, who is a different kind of player. He can score, he can dribble past players and he already has the media pull of a global star. However, I think Real Madrid currently need someone more like the Norwegian. I’ll explain.
Mbappe, from my point of view, is more inconsistent. There are some matches where he practically doesn’t participate and he doesn’t always fit in tactically when it comes to defending. He is a great player, but more inconsistent than Haaland. Often, he is more disconnected from a match than his teammates. He goes solo more often.
The Norwegian, meanwhile, is a predator in the area. He is fully committed and you can see him defending at corners, running back throughout the 90 minutes and always working to press with the team.
But, offensively Haaland is also a nightmare for defenders. He can lose his marker 20 times per game and he is so useful when it comes to overcoming an opponent’s press. Every long ball forward from defence will be fought for by Haaland, always creating danger.
Both these players are superstars, but I’m sure that the style of Haaland would fit much more at the Bernabeu, because of his ambition and character on the pitch. He has a lot of hunger and shows it in each match. For Haaland, there are no meaningless games and this has always been something that the Real Madrid fanbase appreciate.
Either of the two would be a spectacular signing for Los Blancos. But, if I could pick, I’d prefer Haaland.