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3 Questions The Real Madrid Fans Will Ask After A Muted Transfer Window

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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

It was not the kind of transfer window that Real Madrid fans are accustomed to. Unlike every other transfer window, Perez did not break the bank for superstars on world football. Alvaro Morata, a former Real Madrid youth graduate, was bought back from Juventus after he reached the heights with the Old Lady in Serie A. None of the big players were allowed to leave. Probably the fans will be gutted with the departure of Jese Rodriguez who moved on to Paris Saint-Germain but it was probably a good move for his career.

Here are three questions the fans will ask following a fairly drab the transfer window.

James and Isco both stayed but where is the room for them?

Real Madrid have two gifted attacking midfielders in James Rodriguez and Isco respectively. Both excel in terms of creativity and flair but have had their struggles to break into the starting XI under Zinedine Zidane who has so far deployed a 4-3-3 formation. Either of the duo or both were considered to be looking for pastures this summer in order to get regular gametime but the Los Blancos held onto both. However, we are struggling to see how a number ten fits into Zidane’s philosophy. There is no real room for either James Rodriguez or Isco in the team.

Real Madrid's midfielder Isco (R) celebrates a goal with Real Madrid's Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez during the Spanish league football match Getafe CF vs Real Madrid CF at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe on April 16, 2016. / AFP / GERARD JULIEN (Photo credit should read GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Real Madrid’s midfielder Isco (R) celebrates a goal with Real Madrid’s Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez during the Spanish league football match Getafe CF vs Real Madrid CF at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe on April 16, 2016. / AFP / GERARD JULIEN (Photo credit should read GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the Galacticos era coming to an end?

Real Madrid, during Florentino Pérez era, has stunned the world time and again by breaking the bank for superstars of world football. Each and every season, they had targeted a world-class player and broke the bank for him. Not always Perez broke the bank for a player the team needs but for someone who adds a huge value to the team both in terms of business purpose and brings glamour to the team. This summer, it looked like that Zidane, the manager of the club, is in charge of transfers rather than Perez. So, does it indicate that the Galacticos era has come to an end?

What happens when Casemiro is unavailable?

Casemiro is a largely influential player in the system Zidane has gone for at Real Madrid so far. With the Brazilian offering solid protection for the back four behind the creative central midfield partnership of Modric and Kroos, Casemiro had a big say on Real Madrid’s la Undecima last season. There is no real cover for the Brazilian defensive midfielder in the team and that might turn out to be costly for the Spanish capital club.

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