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Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema has been their most important player this season

This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…

Real Madrid finally seem to be turning a corner in the ongoing 2019/20 season.

Even though the start has been far from perfect, Los Blancos are starting to look like themselves again. And there’s no better proof of that than their most recent outings in La Liga.

Zinedine Zidane’s men have been on a rampage as of late, scoring a total of 16 goals in their last four league bouts and 15 in the last three.

By all standards, those are quite impressive figures already.

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Many players have certainly stepped up their efforts to make this happen, but one man’s red-hot form stands out from the rest – Karim Benzema’s.

The now 31-year-old Frenchman has been the leader of this team since the very beginning and one of the only ones to keep his output and contribution consistently high despite the team’s struggles.

For that reason, he is La Liga’s top scorer with a total of nine goals under his belt, and he has even assisted a further three as well.

But his impressive numbers don’t really stop there as he is definitely not all about the final product.

Benzema has also registered 4.1 shots per game and combined that with 1.5 key passes per game, which suggests he is highly involved in their chance creation along with his prolific goalscoring.

This has warranted him getting five Man of the Match awards so far with an average rating of 7.78 according to WhoScored’s rating system, which is the highest of all Real Madrid players in the current campaign.

His imperious form has also made Benzema crucial to Zidane’s system and simply irreplaceable in the starting lineup.

With that being said, the Frenchman is the third most-used player at Real Madrid at the moment, with a tally of 1305 minutes under his belt so far.

And seeing how he is consistently good, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that Zidane will keep playing him for as long as he can sustain this output.

Should Benzema be given a new contract?

Absolutely, he deserves it

Absolutely, he deserves it

Don't be crazy, he's 31

Don't be crazy, he's 31

To make things even better, Benzema has recently become Real Madrid’s fifth-best goal-scorer in La Liga, edging out Ferenc Puskas in the process.

No one will probably make the Galacticos forget about Cristiano Ronaldo but “big Benz” is definitely easing the pain and doing it brilliantly.

Let’s see for how long can he keep this red-hot form up.

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