Karim Benzema has enjoyed a strong start to the new season in Saudi Arabia. Since his move to Al-Ittihad from Real Madrid earlier this year, the Frenchman has made seven appearances in the Saudi Professional League.
He already has three goals and two assists to his name in the competition and averages a stunning 2.6 key passes per game.
Benzema revealed why he left Real Madrid
Speaking in a recent interview with the Saudi Pro League’s official media, the former Real Madrid striker spoke about why he left the club of his dreams in the summer and opted to move to Saudi Arabia.
“After achieving everything I did at Real Madrid, I thought it was time for me to try a new challenge,” he said.
The initial period after Benzema’s departure was not simple for the Spanish leaders. They looked far and wide for a new high-quality No. 9 signing but bailed out in the end, opting to wait for Kylian Mbappe.
There is still a tangible void in the number 9 role at the club. Yet, Bellingham’s phenomenal start to the new season has helped Los Blancos get through unscathed.
Only one striker
The Ballon d’Or winner’s departure from Real Madrid leaves the manager with just one option as a number nine for the ongoing season – Joselu.
The Spanish striker joined Los Blancos earlier this summer on loan from Espanyol. He has not been an undisputed starter, although he has played from the opening whistle in five of his nine appearances.
Joselu has scored five goals in La Liga and provided two assists in that duration for the men in white. Needless to say, his impact has been tangible and Ancelotti will hope he can keep his good run of form going.
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