The French forward has spent so long creating space and goals for others that he is struggling to play the role of Real Madrid’s leading man again
They say actions lead to habits and habits form character. Over the past two years, Karim Benzema has provided excellent support for superstar duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
Now, with the Portuguese hitman gone and the Welsh winger injured, Benzema has been asked to play the role of Real Madrid’s leading man. Worryingly, he seems to have forgotten his lines. Benzema doesn’t seem to remember how to play as the main striker.
It has left Los Blanco’s firing blanks in their past four matches, without a goal in nearly seven hours of play.
Benzema has not scored in seven appearances and although he forced Fernando Pacheco into a save in Madrid’s 1-0 defeat by Alaves on October 6, in the six previous games he did not manage a single shot on target – an appalling statistic for any forward, let alone an undisputed starter for arguably the biggest club in the world.