Newcastle United have been linked with a move for former Real Madrid midfielder Isco.
After scoring 17 goals and delivering 12 assists in 84 appearances for Malaga, the midfielder joined Los Blancos during the 2013 summer transfer window.
Since the start of the 2017/18 La Liga campaign, Isco – who was picking up a hefty wage of £211k-per-week at the Bernabeu – has racked up 258 shot-creating actions and 150 successful dribbles in the Spanish top flight.
This shows just how creative and tricky player he is for opponents to face and illustrates what he could offer to the Toon should he find himself at St James’ Park this summer.
In fact, when Spain beat Italy 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in 2017, the Azzurri’s Marco Verratti got a clear picture of how impressive Isco can be.
After that emphatic result, the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder said: “I suffered a lot against Isco. I was taken aback by his performance. Not even [Lionel] Messi has come close to that level. When I saw his nutmeg, I felt like standing up and applauding too.”
Bearing in mind how Newcastle ended their previous Premier League campaign with fewer shot-creating actions (653) than the likes of Southampton (732), Leeds United (711) and Everton (667), adding a player like Isco to their ranks could be just what Eddie Howe needs in order to make his side a bit more dynamic going forward.
Allan Saint-Maximin was by far Newcastle’s most creative player in the Premier League last season with more shot-creating actions (114) to his name than any of his team-mates. In terms of a potential move to Tyneside for Isco this summer, the Frenchman’s statistics would suggest that having him and the Spaniard in the same team would make the Magpies a much more dangerous attacking outfit.
With the 30-year-old now a free agent following his departure from Real Madrid, Newcastle and PIF should be doing all they can to beat Roma to his signature and get him to start a new chapter in his career as a Premier League player.