Carlo Ancelotti faced a dilemma last year when he had to fill the void in the team’s attacking midfield. First Karim Benzema got injured, then Rodrygo suffered a setback. Even though Alvaro Rodriguez scored a crucial goal, he wasn’t trusted to play a full 90 minutes as a pure No.9. Asensio on the other hand never got a real opportunity to prove himself as a leading striker. Instead, Ancelotti preferred to use him occasionally on the right wing.
Now, it appears, Ancelotti might have made the wrong call. Asensio, now of PSG, has been tasked with playing through the middle for Luis Enrique’s side and has done so with aplomb.
The Spaniard has contributed 2 goals, 1 assist and has consistently created scoring opportunities. Madrid made a mistake by letting him go.
Despite the promising arrival of Jude Bellingham, the team encountered setbacks as Benzema was tempted by a lucrative offer from the Saudi Pro League and Kylian Mbappe decided to stay at PSG.
Bellingham has had a positive impact upfront but doubts remain about his ability to continually fulfill the role of a striker. Madrid now face a problem in finding a suitable solution.
Luis Enrique’s decision to play Marco Asensio as a centre-forward for PSG puzzled many as there were other striking options available. However Asensio’s performance in that position was impressive in their third fixture.
The Spaniard played a crucial role in the matches with his ability to link play and create opportunities for Mbappe and Dembele.
While he contributed goals, his main focus was on facilitating the game. He scored a beautiful opener against Lens and provided two goal contributions in the match against Lyon.
Asensio’s possession numbers were similar to his previous stint with Spain. Despite limited touches he excelled with the ball and made a significant impact.
With PSG’s counter-attacking style Asensio operated effectively showcasing his skills and clinical finishing. Real Madrid could benefit from a player like him…READFULL