The departure of Karim Benzema has left Real Madrid fans expecting a major signing to fill the void in their attack. Despite rumors of Kylian Mbappé’s possible arrival in the Spanish capital, it was ultimately Joselu who was transferred to the Merengues this summer. However, as the only professional number 9 in the Madrid squad, Carlo Ancelotti has been forced to regularly reconsider his tactical choices and place players like Rodrygo in that position. This decision has not gone down well with the Brazilian winger.
When asked about this by the Brazilian press, Rodrygo sent a message to his Real Madrid coach on the sidelines of the match against Uruguay in the qualifiers for the next World Cup on October 18. “It is always important to be able to perform various functions. I have always made it clear that I have the ability to play on the wings. I simply do not like playing as a number 9, even if I have to do it in my club. Here, in the national team, I can move all over the field, which has helped my game. It is important to be able to perform all these tasks because it increases your chances of not being replaced. This is fundamental for me,” said the Madrid player, as reported by As.
Rodrygo’s comments highlight the importance of versatility in modern football. Players who can perform multiple roles are highly valued by coaches because they provide more options and flexibility in their tactics. However, it is also important for players to feel comfortable in their positions and not be forced to play in positions they do not enjoy.
Real Madrid’s reliance on Rodrygo as a makeshift number 9 also highlights the need for the club to sign a top-class striker in the future. While Joselu may provide a short-term solution, he is not a long-term replacement for Benzema. Real Madrid’s attack has always been one of their strengths, and they need to ensure that they maintain that level of quality going forward.
Rodrygo’s message to Ancelotti highlights the importance of versatility in modern football, but also the need for players to feel comfortable in their positions. Real Madrid’s reliance on him as a makeshift number 9 also highlights the need for the club to sign a top-class striker in the future.