Real Madrid’s Isco must take his chance against Mallorca

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Isco has been one of the unluckiest Real Madrid stars in recent times.

Even though he used to have a big role in the team before, his status has completely diminished in time and we haven’t really seen him shine in quite a while.

Of course, injuries have played their part as well.

After all, Isco has already missed a total of six games in the ongoing 2019/20 campaign, having been absent for ten in 2018/19 due to various different issues.

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But now he’s finally back – or rather, he’s back to full fitness – and it remains to be seen whether Zinedine Zidane actually decides to pick him.

This campaign, he has made only three appearances so far, once in the starting XI, and his role has been slowly but surely getting smaller with time.

Last season, he played in a total of 27 La Liga games but started only 11 of them, coming on as a substitute in the rest. By all accounts, and for a player who started in ten out of 12 Champions League clashes and 21 La Liga games the season before, this has been a big change.

But despite becoming slightly out of favour with Zidane over time, Isco still has a lot to offer to this Real team and for that reason, it very much feels like his talents are being wasted at the moment.

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And sure, he was injured so there was no way for the Frenchman to pick him but we’ve seen how his game time lowered with each passing season and unless something changes drastically, it’s fair to assume the same fate would befall him in 2019/20.

That is, of course, if Isco doesn’t do anything about it – and there’s no time like the present to do exactly that.

Real Madrid have an abundance of injuries on their plate once again and for once, the 27-year-old is not one of them.

Seeing how Zidane may be inclined to rotate his squad this weekend against Mallorca, with a Champions League clash and El Clasico on the horizon, maybe Isco will get his chance to shine after all.

If that does happen, however, he absolutely has to make the most out of it because at the moment, it very much feels like the time is running out for the player who used to be a key piece of the puzzle but is now somehow only a forgotten star.

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Failing that, maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to look at other options. Sometimes, it’s better to take a leap of faith and search for your fortune away from your current club.

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