Florentino Perez is one of the cleverest president. Perez is currently the president of Real Madrid C.F. His far sighted nature has helped club both financially and tactically. Few clever investments made in the past decade under 10 millions investment
Few signings made by Florentino Perez
- Fede Valverde – €5 million
- Casemiro – €6 million
- Marco Asensio – €3.5 million
- Martin Ødegaard – €3 million
- Lucas Vazquez – €1 million (He’s the academy product, but he was sold to Espanyol at the end of his loan term, and bought back in just 30 days)
- Dani Carvajal – €6.5 million (Academy graduate, bought back from Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
- Raphael Varane – €10 million
- Takefusa Kubo – Free
- Keylor Navas – €10 million
- Jesus Vallejo – €5 million
- Andriy Lunin – €8.5 million
- Marcelo in 2007 – €6.5 million
Each of these players cost Real Madrid less than 10 million, and many of these players have been regulars for the club (the likes of Lunin, Kubo and Vallejo are still on contract with Real Madrid.) These players were ‘smart’ signings. Not to forget that most of them were U-21 players. And fans didn’t have much expectations with most of them. Fede Valverde was there throughout the 2018/19 season. But you wouldn’t have seen fans recognise him until Zidane used him regularly, and they didn’t realise that he didn’t get regular minutes in 2018/19 season.
Florentino Perez player utilization
Another common point is that most of them came back from loan before becoming a regular at the club. They were talented youngsters and raw products when they were signed. But they returned as a polished product after a loan term. Varane and Marcelo didn’t go anywhere on loan, but they trained under few fantastic managers who made them even better, especially Mourinho in the former’s case.
Now let me show you another category of investments, on a set of players who belong to a similar age group.
Vinicius Jr – €45 million
Rodrygo Goes – €45 million
Ferland Mendy – €48 million
Eder Militao – €50 million
Luka Jovic – €60 million
Reinier – €30 million
Alvaró Odriozola – €40 million
These players were signed for an amount greater than 30 million. Every player mentioned above is young, and most of them are back-up players at the moment (except Mendy). None of the players mentioned above are complete, and they are raw products as well. Vinicius lacks finishing, Mendy isn’t good in offense,Militao lacks positioning sense. Analysts can point out each weakness in this way to make a lengthy list. Much more money was invested on them when compared to the above players, so they have to be prepared for the pressure. Despite the fact that it wasn’t their crime to have such a high price tag.
Protection and care of players
They need special attention, and at a club like Real Madrid each player won’t get any special treatment. That’s why I feel at least 2-3 of them need to go on loan. They should escape the pressure for a while, get minutes regularly and have greater attention. They have to establish themselves well to return as a more confident and polished player after the loan term. Rodrygo looks slightly better, and in his case it’s all down to the management of his minutes. Jovic is consulting a psychiatrist, let’s see if that can bring any change with him. Mendy is 25, but still looks bad in attack. And it’s difficult to say what can be done in his case.
Investing huge amounts on a player isn’t any wrong deed. But what matters is the way they are used, the way they’re developed. Of course, the way they’re protected. They are young, and they need to learn, and they must be taught in the right way. Honestly, I haven’t seen Zidane as the manager who can develop and groom youngsters yet. Yes, he has been the Castilla coach for a while but I haven’t seen that in the first team. He has been successful with a team which had world class players in each position between 2016 and 2018. And as far as he continues winning trophies with these short term plans, no one in the club would raise fingers at him. But Real Madrid’s transfer policy involves youngsters with a long term plan. So it’s equally important to prioritise their career. The option of managerial change would never be considered by the club. And something else the management should do to improve them.
Florentino Perez managing the squad
Many youngsters will start performing once they leave Madrid, and the fans will be asking “Why did we sell them?”, “They must return”. The reason behind the difference in performances is regular minutes and most importantly, the pressure of playing at Real Madrid. When the players have made a decision to play for Los Blancos, they must also learn how to sustain the pressure and how to make sure that it doesn’t affect their performance. Sometimes the pressure increases so much that players like Ødegaard are judged as flops at the age of 17 itself.