Judging by the history books, it is clear that Real Madrid are in dire need of a consistent goalscorer to make a breakthrough and lead the club back towards the summit of LaLiga.
With Barcelona seven points clear after seven games, many questions are being asked of Los Blancos as they seek the defence of their title, but it is perhaps the top end of the pitch where the evidence is most telling.
Typically, a successful Madrid team has a standout goalscorer to rely on but this campaign has seen Cristiano Ronaldo, Marco Asensio, Dani Ceballos and Isco stuck on two goals apiece at the top of the club leaderboard.
This is not a good sign, as seasons in which Real’s top scorer has only mustered two strikes at this stage of the campaign have never ended in a LaLiga triumph.
Ferenc Puskas and Paco Gento had only two goals after seven games of 1965/66 as Los Blancos eventually lost their crown to Atletico Madrid, while similar failures befell the teams of 1972/73, 1973/74, 1984/85 and 2004/05, when Ronaldo Nazario and David Beckham led the way on a mere two strikes apiece.
What the numbers say
The figures speak for themselves in this regard, as each of Real’s 33 league titles have come with one player boasting at least 20 percent of the total goals scored that season.
Currently, the top scorers are only claiming 15 percent of Madrid’s output, a far cry from the historic leading strikers that the club have relied on, from Manuel Olivares to Alfredo di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas to Pirri.
During the 1970s and 1980s it was Santillana who led the line for Los Blancos with Hugo Sanchez, Ivan Zamorano, Raul, Ruud van Nistelrooy and of course Cristiano Ronaldo also firing Real to glory, an achievement that they desperately need replicated in 2017/18.