Luka Jovic isn’t having a good start to life at Real Madrid as the Serbian still hasn’t found the net in the white shirt.
Jovic was brought in as the eventual long-term replacement for Benzema.
However, after more than 200 minutes for Los Blancos, the striker still hasn’t scored for Zidane’s side.
This is a stark contrast to his previous season, where he started 25 matches scoring 17 goals for Eintracht Frankfurt.
In addition, Jovic is also facing some issues with Serbia’s national team manager, Ljubisa Tumbakovic.
The €60 million signing is living through some of his roughest days as a professional footballer.
However, he still receives the support, namely from Michel Salgado who stood in Jovic’s defense.
In an interview with Omnisport, Salgado commented:
“He’s a young player. If Real Madrid signed him, it’s due to something. He has been a great player Eintracht Frankfurt, lot of goals, great attacking quality,” Salgado said.
“It is known that Real Madrid needed a ‘nine’, a striker. Benzema is a different ‘nine’, a player that collects, combines over finishing.
“Jovic must still learn, he’s a young player and Real Madrid is a team with a lot of pressure. He needs time. He has that time, we know he’s a great striker.”
Even though it’s been a shaky start of the season for Zidane, the Frenchman steadied the ship by getting on top of La Liga early on.
Los Blancos are now preparing for 26 October in a big fixture where they’ll travel to Camp Nou to face the uprising Barcelona.
Salgado also gave his outlook on the situation at the club, adding:
“There are always critics at Real Madrid. A club that depends on victories, a gigantic club, with a lot of pressure.
“But I think the last two scores have calmed the team.”
In the end, Salgado gave his backing to Zidane, concluding:
“Zidane deserves all our respect, he won three Champions Leagues in a row. Something that no one has achieved in history, now arriving in Madrid in a difficult position from last year.
“The season just started, and they climb into the first positions. We’ve got to let them work.
“I know Real Madrid, I been there almost 11 years. I know how it works and it’s important that the manager and the players are calm in a moment like these.”