Real Madrid – La Liga Opinion of Mario Gomez Estrela
The singing of David Alaba by Real Madrid for the 2021/22 season solves many headaches that Zinedine Zidane has. It seems as though Los Blancos have been able to make a player whose profile matches exactly what they need.
With the renewal of Sergio Ramos up in the air, the poor performances of Marcelo at left-back and the lack of replacement for Casemiro in the squad, Alaba is virtually multiple players in one body, and he provides the solution to all those needs within Real Madrid‘s defensive system.
Alaba guarantees top-level performance in each role, and despite his incredible record and career he will arrive as a free transfer, something that is extremely rare for a player of his quality.
Aside from what he can contribute from a technical perspective, the Austrian international can offer other things too: leadership, character, experience. All of these are fundamental virtues to be competitive in the Champions League. His presence next season puts Sergio Ramos in a delicate situation when negotiating with the club. Now the renewal of the captain is no longer as essential and the team may have another guaranteed reference point in defence ready to step in should Ramos leave.
Florentino Perez‘s move has left Ramos with no options, either he accepts the offer the club has made too him, or he will have to leave.
Apart from what could happen with Ramos, Alaba can also be a serious threat to Marcelo. The Brazilian has been relegated to a backup role after Ferland Mendy won the starting left-back position, and he is in a very difficult spot ahead of next season.
Although Zidane has always believed in his technical qualities, Marcelo hasn’t managed to stay at the requisite physical level in order to be a competitive player in defence. His continuity at Real Madrid is in danger, as the Austrian may also be the best rotation alternative for Mendy.
The new Real Madrid signing increases competition and makes the demands on players who have grown comfortable even greater. Everything with Alaba fits in a way that few could have even designed from scratch.