Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal recently asserted that he didn’t want to go to Real Madrid and was perfectly happy with his current employers at the moment.
Now, even though he didn’t say that Real Madrid doesn’t interest him (perhaps, because of his involvement with Barcelona in the past) but the message was quite clear.
Alexis Sanchez, 26 now, is ranked amongst the top strikers in English Premier league and has been the most influential player for Arsenal since his arrival from Barcelona a couple of seasons ago for a sum that no one needs to know at the moment.
Nevertheless, here are the 5 reasons why Alexis isn’t really required at Real Madrid regardless of whether he wants to move to Real Madrid or not:
- His Past With Barcelona Means Real Madrid Should Not Sign him
Alexis Sanchez spent three seasons with Barcelona before coming to Arsenal. After showing some consistency with Italian side Udinese, Barcelona signed him in one of the big transfer deals that summer.
He wasn’t given enough chances at Barcelona because otherwise, he would have made a great backup for the likes of Neymar and Suarez.
But then again, too many cooks spoil the broth don’t they.
Real Madrid doesn’t need a rerun of the Figo episode that happened when he moved to Real Madrid from Barcelona. Now, Sanchez obviously wouldn’t be in the same situation because if Real Madrid do sign him then it would be ,technically, from Arsenal but he would still bring along with him some unwanted Barcelona baggage.
Even though Figo performed at a high level for Real Madrid, the fans never really accepted him and his teammates at Real Madrid didn’t look up to him for leadership because, by then, he was a known mercenary.
I can’t imagine Sanchez being treated any differently just because he took a sojourn at Arsenal before coming to Real Madrid.
Do Real Madrid really want to gamble on such a player? With Alexis Sanchez being the best player at Arsenal, it would require a hefty sum of money to lure him away from Arsenal.
Real Madrid do not really need to bet on a player who is not really wante by Real Madrid fans and from a sporting point of view, not needed.
- Alexis Sanchez Cannot Repay Real Madrid Even If Real Madrid Sign Him
He may be a star player in English Premier League but La Liga is another ball game altogether.
With 25 goals from 52 games last season, which by the way was Sanchez’s best tally in his career, he doesn’t come across as a guy who would bring goals to Real Madrid on a regular basis.
Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema already give Real Madrid more than Sanchez can offer.
Why would Real Madrid bother splashing out green for a player who doesn’t even qualify to be a starter for Real Madrid, is precisely the reason why Real Madrid won’t sign him.
Sanchez should have had, at least, a goal return of 0.5 (that means that Sanchez should have scored a goal every two games )to be even considered a potential target for Real Madrid.
The fact that he doesn’t, means Real Madrid don’t really need him.
Now, some might argue that it is more difficult to score in English Premier League than in La Liga and that might be true but that goals to appearances ratio still doesn’t make up for that excuse.
After all, Aguero has been scoring at quite a high rate since his move to Manchester City from Atletico Madrid. If he can do it then Sanchez should have no excuses not to score a bit more regularly if he considers himself worthy of a place in this Real Madrid squad.
In fact, this writer feels, that it would be more worthwhile for Real Madrid to go after Sergio Aguero than Alexis Sanchez.
Both would require a huge amount of capital so why not go for the top dog instead.
Even if we forget about his scoring rate for Arsenal, Sanchez wasn’t that prolific with Barcelona either. In his three seasons with the catalans he scored 15 goals in 41 games in his first season, 11 goals in 46 games in his second and 21 goals in 54 games in his final season at Barcelona.
That goal tally does not warrant a place at Real Madrid and one can forgive Barcelona for selling him and keeping Pedro.
- Real Madrid already have Karim Benzema
With Ronaldo and Bale on the wings for Real Madrid, it is safe to assume that it will be Benzema who would make way for Alexis Sanchez if, in an unlikely situation, Real Madrid do bring him to the Bernabeu.
Now looking at his tally of goals, Karim looks like a player you would bracket in the same league as Sanchez except that you would be gravely mistaken.
Karim is not a goal scorer per say for two reasons. First, Ronaldo is the one who has been tasked with scoring bulk of the goals at Real Madrid so Karim hardly gets an opportunity.
Second, Benzema is more of an enabler for Bale and Ronaldo rather than a scorer.
Benzema is not you average number nine. He is unique in the sense that he almost plays like a ‘ playmaker striker’.
He can score goal, some important ones too, but most of the time his contributions off the ball and with the ball otherwise, more than make up for his lack of goal tally.
Sanchez offers no such auxiliary attributes.
Not to mention that Benzema is by far the more complete of the two players. Sanchez relies heavily on pace while Benzema has, almost, the perfect balance of speed, strength and deft touch on the ball.
- Alexis Is Grotesque With The Ball And Useless Of The Ball
It goes without saying that Benzema’ off the ball work is in a class of its own. Messi and Ronaldo would be really proud if both of them could put in the kind of off the ball work Benzema puts in every game.
Sanchez if a bit of a liability when he doesn’t have the ball at his feet. His defensive work is amateurish and he doesn’t really know how to position himself to make it easier for his teammates to pass him the ball.
But, astonishingly, even with the ball Alexis looks awkward. Almost grisly some might say.
He does score goals (although not as abundantly as is required to play for Real Madrid as a starter) and can dribble with the ball but he never looks natural on the field.
The sort of smooth, easy on the eye movement you see from Messi and Ronaldo on the ball is almost absent in case of Alexis Sanchez.
When he runs, he looks less like an attacker running at a defense and more like a petty thief running away from police pursuit.
His stepovers are ugly and when he does bamboozle defenders with his quick feet and short awkward stature, he ends up passing (or crossing) the ball in an unsightly manner.
In short, Sanchez gives no attention to his form when he is on the pitch. And in all honesty, that might not even be an issue for most clubs in Europe but at Real Madrid, it is absolutely mandatory that you look almost aristocratic with the ball.
Sanchez, to his credit, tries really hard, as do all players currently playing for Real Madrid, but he shows it on his face and with his body movements which is a put off for people like Perez.
Perez might pay heavily for having such sophisticated standards for athletes who compete in such a physical sport, as he did when he chose to sign Beckham instead of Ronaldinho because one of his directors told him that :“Ronaldinho’s face would sink us as a brand”, but I don’t think he would compromise with what he thinks is best for Real Madrid’s image on the world stage as a brand.
Sanchez is almost, a bit like Samuel Eto’o. An exceptional striker but very unnatural on the ball.
- Alexis Sanchez Relies Too Much On One Key Attribute
His pace. All of his goals, dribbles to get by defenders and positioning before receiving the ball require him to have a colossal amount of speed.
He is 26 now, so I imagine he can afford to write blank checks on behalf of his body but as he gets older, he would not be able to sustain such style.
We look at players like Ronaldinho, Messi and especially C.Ronaldo who were all extremely gifted physically but still had to shift away from a play style that demanded too much from their bodies.
Messi and Ronaldo, both became all time greats simply because they evolved themselves from players who had immense amount of speed to players who do damage with a host of other weapons apart from speed.
Sanchez reliance on raw speed and power put a lot of question marks on his longevity. Real Madrid must think twice about investing in a product that doesn’t look like long lasting.
And worst of all, Sanchez doesn’t look like he wants to move away from that kind of style.
He scrambles, lunges and even rushes with the ball rather than dashing, darting or sprinting with it. That would tell on his body sooner than later and Real Madrid cannot afford that.
Alexis Sanchez has done little to get Real Madrid’s sanction for a transfer but he has been a ‘revelation’ of sorts for Arsenal, who after Thierry Henry never really had a striker this prolific.
Real Madrid already have Benzema, Ronaldo, Bale, Jese, Cheryshev, Vasquez and Morata (optional buy from Juventus) in its attack so there should be no urgency on buying another attacker.