Why Real Madrid must recall James Rodriguez from Bayern Munich
James Rodriguez is halfway through his two-year loan move to Bayern Munich from Real Madrid. With Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo gone from the Spanish capital, should Rodriguez return to the Santiago Bernabeu?
He had a decent season at Munich to remain in contention for a move back if possible. The good thing about the Colombian is his ability to perform several roles and be impactful in each of them.
So, Lopetegui must look at him as a potential playmaker option, who could be determined to prove his doubters wrong at the Bernabeu.
Here’s why Madrid must make a move to snap Rodriguez back from the Bavarians:
The player can re-ignite his Madrid career under new manager
Rodriguez was a bit-part player under Zinedine Zidane as he struggled to find a perfect position in the line-up. However, with the departure of the previous manager and star man Ronaldo, he can expect to get a regular place in the team.
The 27-year-old can play as one of the number 8s or as a number 10 if Lopetegui gets him this summer. He netted 7 goals and supplied 11 assists in 23 appearances in the league last season to get back to his usual best.
Rodriguez can fit in the new manager’s 4-3-3 system as a central midfielder with a license to move forward. The Los Blancos are yet to sign a high-quality playmaker, hence, getting back the Colombian would make sense.
Furthermore, this will be a perfect opportunity for the player to perform well and attract the limelight in Spain, which was there at the time of his arrival in 2014. He can get more freedom and influence games at a much higher rate.
This is an opportune moment for Rodriguez if he wants to become a Real Madrid star in the upcoming years. The star attraction is gone from the club and they are probably looking to build from the scratch.
So, there is an opening for players to come and make a name for themselves to keep Madrid at the top of club football. For the club too, they need the player who can be a difference-maker and James can be the man.
However, Bayern chief Karl Heinz Rummenigge has rubbished claims that James Rodriguez is set to return to Real Madrid. Nevertheless, if an opportunity presents itself, Real must take it.