After playing practically every game under Julen Lopetegui for Spain, Isco would have been delighted to have seen his former national team coach come to Real Madrid at the beginning of the season.

Unfortunately for Isco, and such is the volatile industry of football, the Spanish manager was relieved of his duties before the country’s first game in Russia, which evidently had a negative impact on the team.

Spain crashed out of the World Cup to hosts Russia in the round of 16, which caused mass upset back in Isco’s native land. The Real Madrid attacker might not have had the World Cup he wanted, but he knew he would reunite with his former manager for next season.

Are His Best Years Going To Waste?

However, things were not going to plan in August and September, failing to complete a full game until late October in La Liga. A day after that performance in which Real lost 5-1 to rivals Barcelona, Lopetegui was sacked brutally. For one reason or another, Isco was not trusted in the same manner as he was when playing for Spain. He struggled to make a lasting impact week in, week out.


Santiago Solari replaced Lopetegui until the end of the season but fortunes have not changed as of yet for Isco at Real. The Spain international has only been handed cameo performances in the league, as well as being left on the bench. For a 26 year old, an age in which players are in their prime years, three minutes to finish a game is not what they are expecting.

Whether there are attitude problems or indiscretions off the pitch that the masses are unaware of is something to consider, but there is no doubting that Isco’s time at Los Blancos should be ending this summer, given the lack of football played this season.

Real have struggled this season after losing Cristiano Ronaldo – emphasised by their back-to-back losses against Barcelona – but Isco cannot use that as an excuse. He has underperformed and failed to make his way into the team when he, quite obviously, has the natural talent and ingenuity to make a difference to Real’s fortunes.

Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Isco reacts after missing a goal opportunity during the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on May 26, 2018. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)


Next Destination?

A fresh break from the Spanish capital and a move overseas might well just reinvigorate his career back to where it should have been at this age. There will be a number of Premier League clubs interested in the attacking midfielder’s services, such as: Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham and possibly Manchester City.

Isco should just take a look at David Silva and how his career has elevated since joining the Citizens. Both in terms of trophies won, but also his individual performances, making him one of the most feared attacking playmakers in Europe. His move from Valencia to City has developed his game considerably and given him a newfound sense of confidence.

The Madrid midfielder-cum-forward is only a year older than what Silva was when he moved in 2010, which should give him hope that he can still fulfil his potential and become the player that many thought he would turn into.


Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Isco celebrates his team's opening goal during the UEFA Champions League group G football match between Real Madrid CF and AS Roma at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 19, 2018. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP) (Photo credit should read OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

While his salary will dent most clubs’ wage bills, if they can get the best out of him, that club will have one of the best players in the league. Isco, at this moment in time, lacks consistency to his game, but if he is trusted to play regularly and not given cameo roles, the playmaker should repay the club’s faith in him with attacking contributions.

Isco is a wonderful player on his day and needs a change of environment in order to get back to the heights that people know he is capable of. It will be a difficult decision to leave Real Madrid given the trophy-laden days, but if he has ambitions of becoming one of the most recognised players in Europe, the time may have come to move away with England being the best possible destination for him.

Isco To Sign For Any English Club Before 2nd September 2019


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