It depends on whether you want Uefa Cup Football every season or Champions League football every season.
You forgot Drenthe.But from all this summer buys only Pepe turned out to be worthy with Heinze also but with a lesser impact.
Oops my bad... I like him, he is a player with bright future and we should have used him more this season. The problem is that Schuster only playing with 1 winger which leaves Drenthe to fight for a starting spot against Robinho and Robben. If Schuster knew that the system he was going to use then there was no point buying 2 wingers this summer.You forgot Drenthe.
you can´t be serious can you? Your ignorance is astonishing sometimes, if Madrid has a place for Sneijder, Batista, Raul and Salgado I´m sure it should have a place for youth. I´m sure is a money issue, RM transfers generate a lot of money for a lot of people.
I mean by talent a player like Messi , C.ronaldo ,RAUL,IKER who were cantera players .........Raulito the only stupid one is you, you said..
"if there is any crystal clear talent then it would have been spotted"
there are many examples to show you are clueless, not once you said the team but talent! Madrid has had a great deal of talented youth yet they were never spoted or given a chance, there was never the need to buy players of Baptista quality with the youth you had.
A great example is Portillo who had his caree wrecked by Madrid, the guy did not have a lot of confidence but technicaly he was very good, he would be the perfect bench striker for Madrid.
I think the answer lies somewhere in the middle, the Cantera players don't need to see themselves as inferior to the fichajes, obviously it differs for individual (Pepe for example is way ahead of Mejia) but Real have really been negligent to the Cantera and its talents. The players were not finished but they were not bad, however very little opportunities were given. Obviously you can't expect them to always start but I always thought VdB struck a very good balance and gave the better players of the Cantera minutes and let them grow in there football.
For me for example De la Red doesn't have to envy Sneijder in his football and can challenge him as much for a team, but De la Red is in Getafe whilst Sneijder cost €27m. Mata as well can hold himself against Baptista.
Some people claimed that it was pressure from team leader and captain Raul, that Portillo did not get much game time. Portillo was predicted to become the new and better Raul, but lack of playing time put an end to that comparison.