Isco’s current situation at Real Madrid can be best summed up by what happened to him on Sunday.
Los Blancos hosted Real Sociedad but coach Santiago Solari was short of numbers in attack.
Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio and Mariano Diaz all missed out through injury.
So it seemed only logical that Isco would start at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Yet he was named on the bench, with Solari handing a league debut to 18-year-old Vinicius Jr.
Isco has started just five La Liga games all season and it’s clear that Solari isn’t his biggest fan.
Of the 15 matches that Solari has overseen in charge, he’s handed two starts to Isco; neither of them coming in the league.
Isco gets beaten in a race
“It is a relationship between player and coach that continues to erode, having failed to start on the right foot, and it has worsened ever since,” Marca write about the Spaniard’s current difficulties with his boss.
Yet one moment in the 2-0 defeat to Real Sociedad, which leave Los Blancos 10 points behind leaders Barcelona, may show why Solari has little faith in the playmaker.
It came in the third minute of injury time.
Isco had come off the bench to replace Casemiro in the 57th minute and so his legs were pretty fresh.
But he was left eating dust in a one-on-one race with Real Sociedad’s Mikel Oyarzabal, who started the match.
Isco has never been known as a speed demon but that’s pretty embarrassing.
He’s still only 26-years-old but he must be wondering about where his future lies.
Real Madrid are fifth in the league and need to improve if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Luka Modric spoke honestly about the latest defeat - Los Blancos’ sixth in 18 league matches - insisting that they must start performing better.
“The manager is going a great job but he can't score the goals or stop them at the beginning of the game,” Modric said, per AS.
“He has hope, but we are out there on the field and we have to do better to have more concentration.
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“We can't keep cocking up like this in every game.”