At almost any other club in the world, Isco would be among the first names on the team sheet. However, at Real Madrid he is playing the role of a fringe player. A move away from the Bernabeu would benefit him, and the Premier League could be his destination.
At Real Madrid, opportunities were always going to be scarce for Isco. With Rafa Benitez playing with three attacking midfielders behind main striker Karim Benzema, there is only one real spot available for Isco. Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo are automatic suggestions on the wing, so Benitez’s main decision is who plays in the middle behind Benzema.
With Real Madrid’s incredible pool of attacking talent, it is very difficult to hold down a first team spot. Despite his considerable talents, Isco is second in the pecking order to James Rodriguez. Even though Isco has made more appearances than Rodriguez this season, when the Colombian is fit, he takes Isco’s place in the side.
When he has played, Isco has put in some impressive performances. However, since his needless and quite frankly ridiculous red card in the El Classico fixture against Barcelona, Benitez has been reluctant to give the Spaniard another opportunity. In the weekend’s match against Valencia, an important game for Real Madrid, Benitez left out Isco in favour of young Croat Mateo Kovacic, who has failed to make an impact since his move from Inter Milan in the summer.
The January transfer window offers Isco a chance to escape Madrid. He is capable of being one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe. If he was to make a move to a side where he can secure consistent first team football, he can fulfil his major potential.
The 23-year-old could favour a move to England due simply to the amount of clubs who would be capable of signing him. Not only due to more and more billionaire owners coming into to the game, but with massive amounts of income from the new TV deal, more clubs have the financial power to go out and buy big players for big fees.
He has been linked with a move to Chelsea over the past couple of days with a fee of around £30 million mentioned. With Eden Hazard’s constant failings and recent injuries, Guus Hiddink may be looking for new faces in the attacking midfield position. He may not be guaranteed first team football week-in-week-out, but Isco would certainly play more than at Real.
His intention will be to be included in the Spanish squad for this summer’s European Championship, and with so many options at Vicente Del Bosque’s disposal, it could be Isco to miss out if he doesn’t get game time. Links to both Manchester clubs could bring different opportunities.
If he were to move to City, he would have to compete with the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva, and he may not get the amount of football he needs. If he were to join United, he would be signing for a side who have been struggling for goals, so would be a key part of the first team side.
There is no doubting that Isco has all the talent to get in to almost every side in the Premier League, so Manchester United and Chelsea should take the opportunity in January to move for the Spaniard. Because, at £30 million, he could prove to be a real bargain.