4 players who could cover for Benzema in centre-forward position after Jovic exit

4 players who could cover for Benzema in centre-forward position after Jovic exit
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It is quite possible that Real Madrid end up signing nobody else this summer – not even a back-up striker.

Let's see who could cover for Karim Benzema when needed.

1. Borja Mayoral

Unless he leaves, the 25-year-old could be a crucial addition to the squad next season.

Mayoral scored 24 goals in his last two seasons with Roma and Getafe combined, extending his overall tally to 74 goals in 204 games at a club level. Not bad for a potential back-up striker.

2. Mariano

The 28-year-old was very close to joining Fenerbahce this summer but the move collapsed through Turkey's economic causes.

Some Madridistas would say they'd rather keep Mariano than Luka Jovic – and this would make sense as the former's commitment has never been in question.

3. Rodrygo

Carlo Ancelotti has already tested the Brazilian in this position.

Although Rodrygo has scored no goals in his 10 appearances as a striker, he sometimes successfully played as a 'false nine'.

4. Vinicius Jr

Vini is pacy, sharp and now much better at converting chances – what else does a striker need?

The experiment to play him there didn't pay off in the latest Clasico, but practice makes perfect.

Source: Tribuna.com