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Alphonse Areola ended up being Real Madrid’s last piece of business in the 2019 summer transfer window. And while that deal might not have thrilled all of the fans, maybe a change in personnel between the sticks is something Los Blancos should seriously consider going forward.
A lot has been said already about Real Madrid and their defensive shortcomings. If we learned anything from Zinedine Zidane’s summer pre-season then it’s that this squad is prone to conceding a lot of goals.
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Keeping a clean sheet should first and foremost start with a solid and trustworthy defence, which Real Madrid are currently lacking, but it also requires a confident man in front of the goal. Areola might have been loaned in as a substitute goalie, but something has got to give, and maybe a change between the sticks is worth the risk.
Thibaut Courtois replaced Keylor Navas for Real Madrid but he is yet to make any significant contributions to the team. In fact, the great Belgian hasn’t been able to keep a clean sheet at his new club since February this year. Real Madrid can dance around the fact that their defence are culpable for that but if they continue turning a blind eye to this problem, it’s definitely not going to go away on its own.
Of course, Areola had a rather mixed role back in Paris last season as well, spending 13 games on the bench, so there’s no proof out there that would state he will definitely be an improvement on Courtois.
That said, there’s also nothing much to support the opposing argument either. Courtois has been far from perfect so far and in the worst possible scenario, Areola just proves to be equally as bad.
So, Real Madrid should put some faith into the 26-year-old goalkeeper solely on the off-chance he surprises everyone and actually performs better than the player he came in to play second fiddle to.
Aforementioned, he could hardly do worse, so there’s nothing much to lose for the Galacticos in this exchange, but there’s a lot to win.
At this point in time, they just have to try something, and you know what they say, fortune favours the bold.