Isco’s Real Madrid career has been a true roller coaster ride from the very beginning.
Once, of course, the now 27-year-old Spaniard was a pretty important piece of Los Blancos’ jigsaw, one that played an important role in giving the team that extra spice up front.
That much was visible in both his game time and his contribution as he managed to net nine goals and tally ten assists in 2017/18 – the last time he was playing regular football – and in the season prior to that one with 11 goals and nine assists in a similar number of minutes.
But fast forward to 2019/20 and he’s struggling immensely, having been frozen out of the squad and scraping just 637 minutes across 13 games in all competitions.
And now, El Desmarque have come out with a report stating Frank Lampard’s Chelsea would be willing to take the 27-year-old off Zinedine Zidane’s hands for around €52m (£44.4m), and Florentino Perez, Los Blancos’ president, is considering the offer which seems to be satisfactory.
The most interesting thing about the Blues’ interest is the fact that Isco may well rediscover his fire at Stamford Bridge and the reason for that is rather simple – Lampard’s system could potentially offer him the freedom of expression he seeks.
Even though he’s been played all across the pitch in 2019/20 – as evidenced by Transfermarkt’s games they have in their database – the Spaniard is usually an attacking midfielder that loves to slot just behind the striker and wreak havoc across the final third.
This season, Chelsea have used systems that could accommodate Isco’s movements, namely the 4-2-3-1 formation in which the likes of Mason Mount can be deployed as the team’s No.10.
If Lampard is looking for a new and versatile playmaker, the 27-year-old could be exactly what he needs.
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After all, despite not getting regular minutes this season, he can still boast one shot, one key pass and 1.3 dribbles per game in La Liga and two shots, 0.7 key passes and 1.7 dribbles per game in the Champions League.
This suggests he is a pretty capable creator that might help Tammy Abraham and co. bag even more goals.
But the same could be said for Real, albeit Zidane rarely uses a system that would allow Isco to thrive.
Their usual 4-4-3 would see him deployed as a winger, as we have seen from his current tally of games in 2019/20, but whenever they swapped to a 4-4-2 diamond or 4-2-3-1, the true Isco – the one from 2016/17 – can re-emerge to the scene.
Probably the best example of that arrived against Club Brugge in the Champions League when he tallied two shots, one key pass and four dribbles along with 93% passing accuracy on the night while playing as an attacking midfielder.
This proved that he can be extremely effective when used properly and given a chance to play in his favoured role.
For that reason, parting ways with him now could be detrimental for the club, especially considering he can offer so much more.
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