03 Feb, 07:45
Real Madrid should have strengthened during the January transfer window.
Fourth in La Liga standing, 19 points behind leaders Barcelona and out Copa del Rey, Zidane should have strengthened his squad to save the current season.
Here are some of players who could have headed to Santiago Bernabeu.
5 Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan)
Real Madrid's defence looks a lot weaker than Liverpool and Arsenal's this season. Injuries to Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal and the indifferent form of Marcelo has not helped the cause. Hence, making a move for one of the most sought-after defenders in Europe might have solved some of their issues this campaign.
Skriniar performance this month for Milan has been stupendous, starting in every match with passing accuracy of 91%, something top EPL team could go for with no hesitations.
The Slovenian international, who is good at set pieces has scored four goals this season.
4 Alvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad)
Real Madrid need a solid youthful deputy for Dani Carvajal who can challenge the Spaniard for the no.1 spot and also take over from him in the future. Madrid did not have to look elsewhere than La Liga for one such right back. Alvaro Odriozola of Real Sociedad is a player who could have solved Madrid's problems to some extent.
3 Timo Werner (Leipzig)
Los Blancos' success in the recent past was based on their clinical finishing and their attacking prowess. Though the players that did it in the past are still there at the club, they seem to have lost a bit of confidence and sharpness this time around. In the current campaign, Real Madrid have failed to finish a high number of chance.
Madrid would have signed Timo Wegner from Leipzig. The forward scored 21 goals last sean and 15 goals this season.
4 Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao)
The decision not to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga in January is set to haunt Real Madrid in the coming years. Despite needing a goalkeeper and having one willing to join for a low transfer fee, Real Madrid opted not to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga. Los Blancos might need to spend a big amount in the summer to rope in a goalkeeper.
5 Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan)
Icardi would have been a perfect January signing for Real Madrid since Real Madrid scapegoat Karim Benzema has not been the same this season.
The 24 year old is a clinical finisher exactly the kind of player that Madrid were crying out for. He was also ready to join them in January with Jorge Sampaoli, Argentina's manager claiming that the striker was tempted by Madrid's interest. But the Spanish side never made any concrete bid for the striker who could have solved their biggest issue at the moment - a player who could score goals in crunch situations.