Bale and Asensio in battle for starting spot

Competition for places is par for the course at any team that is looking to challenge for honours on multiple fronts and that is exactly the case at Real Madrid, with Gareth Bale and Marcos Asensio in a battle for a starting spot.

With Isco now a guaranteed starter in the team there is one less place for Zinedine Zidane to fill in Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence and it is between the two forwards.

Asensio made his case with a string of wonderful displays throughout pre-season, which were capped off by his two phenomenal strikes from distance against Barcelona in the Supercopa de Espana, yet Bale brings something different to the team and his energy is admired by the French coach.

Bale put this to good use in the LaLiga opener against Deportivo La Coruna and, after a summer of speculation over a possible transfer away, he performed to his highest possible level.

Throughout his tenure Zidane has looked to give the Welsh international the benefit of the doubt over injury issues and poor form.

With that said, it is impossible to ignore the rapid development shown by Asensio, with his debut season in the Spanish capital a hugely impressive one.

It is becoming more and more difficult to leave him out of the team and when you consider his tender age of just 21 years you have to wonder if it is even right to hold him back at this point.

Julen Lopetegui has rewarded Asensio’s performances with an international call-up and it is hard to shake off the feeling that the 2017/18 season will belong to the former Mallorca forward.

From Zidane’s point of view, this is a perfect problem to have ahead of a campaign which will likely exceed 55 matches.

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