At a club saturated with big money players and ‘Galacticos’, it can be easy to overlook players such as Isco.
Although he doesn't possess the monstrous pay packets of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, the ex-Malaga forward looks to be equally instrumental to Real Madrid’s ambitions this season.
Moreover, in a La Liga title race that looks to be one of the tightest in recent years, it is becoming increasingly important that Rafael Benitez holds Isco back from the allures of the Premier League.
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Madrid clashed with newly promoted Las Palmas at the weekend in a game which saw Los Blancos run away comfortable winners. The 23-year-old starred in the team’s front three and opened the scoring with an early left-footed finish.
It proved an impressive performance and further demonstrated why the Spaniard has been so heavily linked with moves to Chelsea and Manchester City. Furthermore, it reiterated Isco’s often underrated importance to Real, with another exemplary showing.
Perhaps Isco’s most appealing ability lies with his versatility.
"I'm comfortable anywhere, as long as it's on the pitch. I will continue working and fighting to make it difficult for the manager," Isco told Marca after the match.
The victory over Las Palmas also saw Madrid return to the top of the league, usurping their El Clasico rivals. Despite this, the title dogfight is so tight they are only ahead of Barcelona on goal difference.
As the January transfer window creeps ever closer, there will be an undoubted swarm of interest orbiting Isco. However, if Benitez's side are to maximise their title credentials they will need to keep a firm grip on their mercurial Spanish playmaker, who is currently so cruelly underrated at the club.
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