I wrote last week about Real’s problem: only one of their January buys can be registered for the Champions League. Both Lassana Diarra and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar have played UEFA Cup already this season, and only one of them can have their registration switched.
After some deliberation, Spanish football daily (and Real mouthpiece) Marca reported on Wednesday that they’ve gone for Huntelaar.
What a poor decision! Never mind the fact that in Gonzalo Higuain and Raúl they have two decent centre forwards, with Javier Saviola on the fringes. Higuain has confounded everyone this season, with 11 goals in 14 La Liga games thus far – behind only Eto’o and Villa in the race for the Pichichi. Huntelaar’s a good player, but not desperately needed for the moment.
Things are different in midfield. In the long term absence of Mahamadou Diarra, they are left with: Guti (nice passer, can’t hold), Fernando Gago (nice passer, can’t hold), Rafael van der Vaart (nice passer, can’t hold) and Wesley Sneijder (fantastic player, but only when free of responsibilities). Their other front line cental midfielder, Ruben de la Red, had a suspected heart attack in October and won’t play again this season.
But who cares about solidity when you can sell shirts to kids that play Fifa?