On the 1st of November at Wembley Stadium, Cristiano Ronaldo offered his view of the ongoing problem at Real Madrid: “The new players have plenty of potential but Pepe, Morata, James etc. made us stronger and the new signings are younger”.
17% playing time
Statistics back up the player's argument and cast shadows on the pre-planning exercise which the club oversaw during the summer months. The six new younger acquisitions have just played a collective 17% of possible playing time.
Mariano, on fire!
All six signings have completed 2,087 minutes of first-team action and are the players least used by Zinedane Zidane (with the exception of the injured Kovacic) between them they have bagged three goals whilst their predecessors managed 12 by this stage if the season last year. The six departees (Morata, Pepe, James, Mariano, Coentrao and Danilo) have scored 23 goals in all competitions, some four more than the "BBC" with a special mention to Mariano with the Olympique Lyon player hitting the target some 11 times this 2017/18 season and is currently the top scoring Spanish player in the major five European leagues.