This week readers of Spanish newspaper Marca voted Luka Modric as the worst signing made by any La Liga club during the summer, but has his time at Real Madrid really been that bad?
Last season Modric performed brilliantly for Tottenham in the role he played as a deep lying midfielder, who dictated play, and ended the season with an astounding 87% pass completion rate. Modric’s fine form attracted the attention of suitors both domestically and abroad. Spurs were always less than keen to sell their star performer to a league rival which prompted Jose Mourinho to pursue the Croatian, leading to a huge €35 million transfer to the Madrid club.
However since then Modric has failed to hold down a place in the first team, as he has only started eight league games for the club that is now 16 points behind leaders Barcelona in the league table. Fitness problems may be one of the reasons for his lack of games, with Jose Mourinho recently admitting the 27 year old is struggling to play two games back to back.
This was highlighted when Luka Modric was brought off at half time during the 2-2 draw with Espanyol, four days after playing in the Copa del Rey loss to Celta Vigo.
The player has also failed to discover what his best position is, with competition for his regular place in front of the back four from Sami Khedira, and Xabi Alonso, while Mesut Ozil has been preferred in the attacking role just behind the striker.
Many fans believe that playing Modric, and Alonso in the centre of midfield does not work as both look to operate the same positions, and with Alonso first choice, its the Croatian that has had to sit on the bench.
Some of his best performances have been when he has played a role further up the park, but with Mesut Ozil in such great form, the German has been selected for the key matches.
With Xabi Alonso currently in the dark over a new contract, with his current one running out in 2014, Luka Modric has been seen as the Spaniards future replacement in the team.
If this is the case, then both the fans and the player will have to be patient, but with the team playing so poorly, it seems the former are demanding an instant impact from Modric.
With the title win last season the fans will have been expecting a much better performance from the team than they are seeing and with Modric the only signing made during the summer it is easy for a lot to criticise his impact instead of the more established players, such as Ronaldo, or Alonso
The situation has also not been helped by rumours of feuds behind the scenes between the manager, and some of the senior players. Mourinho is believed to have fallen out with key players Sergio Ramos, and Iker Casillas, with the latter recently being dropped for the first time in over a decade.
A divide is also forming between the Portuguese players, and the rest of the squad, with the likes of Pepe, and Fabio Coentrao recently claiming that they feel the fans are blaming them for the clubs poor form. While these rows do not directly involve Modric, it cant be easy for a new player trying to settle into a camp that is at war with each other.
The player himself has admitted that life hasnt been easy since joining the club, but is determined to improve, and show everyone that he deserves to be at such a top club.
It may be that this season will be one of transition for the Madrid club, and with a new manager, and a squad overhaul expected in the summer, it may be next year until we truly see if Modric can make it at los Blancos.