Real Madrid are enduring one of their most difficult starts to a La Liga campaign in recent memory, dropping points in four out of their opening 10 fixtures, including two shock defeats to Real Betis last month and Girona on Sunday.
A large factor in Los Blancos' struggles so far this campaign rests on the shoulders of the out-of-form striker Karim Benzema, who has netted just once so far this term, coming in his side's 2-1 away win to Getafe earlier in October.
The Madrid hierarchy and boss Zinedine Zidane have not made any effort to hide their adoration towards the 29-year-old in the past, however if the Frenchman's form continues, his fellow countryman may look to bolster his attack by bringing in resources from elsewhere.
So with that, let's look at seven world-class, or potentially world-class, strikers who could fill the role at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium...
1. Harry Kane
Since the summer, speculation has been rife surrounding the future of Harry Kane, with many expecting Real to attempt to coax the England international away from Wembley Stadium over the next year.
The 24-year-old has scored 20 goals in 20 appearances for both club and country so far this campaign, leaving little wonder as to why the European superpower see him as someone of value.
Whether Los Blancos will be able to prise the in-form and in-demand frontman away from north London remains to be seen.
2. Marcus Rashford
Another name to be touted with a potential move to the Bernabeu is Manchester United's Marcus Rashford.
The English teenage sensation has, according to reports, been offered to Los Blancos, however only if they are willing to allow Marco Asensio to move in the opposite direction.
It is thought Zidane sees the Red Devils academy graduate as someone who can replace Ronaldo later down the line, but he could also prove the answer to his side's current scoring woes.
3. Timo Werner
RB Leipzig's Timo Wener has set the Bundesliga alight since his £9m move from VfB Stuttgart in 2016, netting 27 goals in 45 games for the club across all competitions.
The 21-year-old has been an instrumental figure in the Red Bull's German top-flight success, playing a leading role in the club's qualification for the Champions League during their debut first-tier season.
Whether or not Zidane would be willing to recruit a talent with a similar game to Real academy graduate Borja Mayoral remains to be seen, but with an already proven track record at such a young age, Werner could well develop into a formidable La Liga striker.
4. Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero's future at Manchester City is seemingly hanging in the balance, with boss Pep Guardiola making it clear his first choice is Brazilian wonderkid Gabriel Jesus.
The 29-year-old Argentine has been forced to play second fiddle to his younger teammate already this term, and there are serious question marks surrounding whether the prolific talisman will be at the Etihad Stadium next year.
Without a doubt if Real were able to snap-up the Citizens future legend he would improve the side ten-fold, considering the fact that the sporadically-featuring attacker has hit the back of the net eight times in nine games.
5. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Another talisman that could certainly add to the usually-almighty attacking threat Los Blancos possess is Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The 28-year-old currently leads the way with 10 goals in the Bundesliga from the same amount of games, and another five across three cup competitions.
It is no surprise that the Gabon international continues to be linked with a move away from the Signul Iduna Park, especially following BVB's surrender of second place in the German top-flight last season.
If Dortmund are unable to mount a title challenge once again this year it could well spell the end of Aubameyang's tenure at the club, and he won't be short of offers.
6. Paulo Dybala
Juventus' Paulo Dybala has certainly received a lot of praise since his €40m (£36m) move from Palermo in 2015, and with the Argentine's goalscoring record, you can see why.
This term he has netted more than one per game, with the 23-year-old currently sat on 11 goals from nine starts, as well as a further three in the same amount of Champions League games.
The nippy attacker would slot into Madrid's pacy style of play beautifully, and with the talisman's eye for goal, he would certainly make the Spanish capital outfit a substantially stronger force.
7. Ciro Immobile
Lazio striker Ciro Immobile is another who has started in sizzling form this year, notching 14 goals from 11 games as well as providing six assists in Serie A.
In addition, the 27-year-old has also found the back of the net twice in Europe, despite not starting a game for I Biancocelesti in the competition.
It seems, similarly to Kane and Aguero, the Italian possesses the all-round game that Zidane finds so important in Benzema, and with a much-improved goalscoring record so far this season, the Juventus youth academy graduate would certainly help Real in their quest to climb back to the top of La Liga.