Real Madrid finally seeing sense with Isco

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Well it took long enough didn't it?!

12 months ago Isco was finding it hard to break into a Real Madrid side that was, admittedly, taking all before it.


During Real's last match, away against Elche, Isco was given a rousing standing ovation and clapped off of the pitch. By Elche's support. His performance was so good that the locals couldn't fail to be impressed.

But it was just the latest in a number of top line performances from the midfielder. In the absence of Luca Modric, Isco has gratefully seized his opportunity to become Los Blancos' main playmaker and as is generally the case, once a player is given games and the confidence of his manager, he will produce his best work.


Quite why that was ever in doubt is a mystery. Isco had come to the capital via Malaga where he had enjoyed a stellar year. His talents therefore were blindingly obvious.

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Yet, an extended period on the sidelines saw doubt and trepidation creep in and when the youngster did get a chance he rarely impressed. Certainly not enough to stake a claim to a regular starting berth.

Now the conundrum facing Carlo Ancelotti is how he will reintegrate Modric back into the fold when the Croatian is fit again in a few weeks. Because if he were to drop Isco back to the bench again, as sure as eggs is eggs there will be an almighty outcry from the Bernabeu terraces.


Where the former Golden Boy winner excels is in a quite brilliant skill set allied to a ferocious work ethic. Not content to let the "disco" do the talking, the youngster will run tirelessly and create openings where there are none.

All of Madrid's front three have benefitted from Isco's industry over the last couple of months, and in many respects it has lightened their own load in an attacking sense. In Isco, they have a soldier ready to answer the call to arms and get in amongst the thick of battle, all the whilst diligently going about his business.

Ancelotti would also do well to remember the old adage of always playing the players that are in form.


Easier said than done at a club such as Real, where money talks and Presidents often use their influence in matters of a sporting or selection nature.

However, it would be remiss of the Italian not to continue to use Isco alongside Toni Kroos as the twin axis on which Real are once again enjoying some super form.

On this kind of form, a regular slot in the Spanish national team would also seem to be a formality.

A regular for the U21's, Isco hasn't really yet made quite the inroads expect with the senior side. You feel it's just a matter of time before that changes.

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