Spurs remain interested in Real Madrid’s Isco, who is a target for the club heading into January, according to reports from The Mirror.
Well, undeterred by their failed summer pursuit of the player and his subsequent recent claims that he “won’t give up” on his role at the Bernabeu, Spurs are still, like a hormonal teenage boy, keen on Isco.
The Spanish playmaker is a target for the London club as the January transfer window looms on the horizon, with a loan offer mooted by the Mirror. Essentially, the story boils down to the White Hart Lane outfit being willing to offer him the sort of first-team football he’s largely struggled to hold down in Madrid since a 2013 move to the Spanish capital from Malaga – although it comes at an odd time as the 24-year-old featured heavily for Los Blancos through October, somewhat hinting that he’s turned a corner under Zinedine Zidane.
However, it may not all be guff, as Isco has indeed played fewer La Liga minutes in 2016/17 than team-mates such as Mateo Kovacic, while impressive youngster Marco Asensio is nipping at the heels of Real’s midfielders as he looks to force his way into the team, so much could change between now and the New Year.
The Mirror also throw his contract situation into the mix, with the silky Spaniard set to enter the final 18 months of his deal when 2017 kicks in. Traditionally, this period of a player’s deal coincides with an alarming drop in value as a free transfer lingers in the distance.
All good teams need good players, let’s put it that way. Spurs remain in the title conversation this term, but it’s becoming clear that a lack of goalscoring threat is holding them back. Indeed, they were restricted to a 1-1 draw by Leicester on the weekend and their overall haul of 14 goals in ten games is a far cry from their current rivals for the top prize – Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea have all scored between 24 and 21 in the same period.
Alarmingly, crisis club West Ham are only four adrift of their return. There are the caveats of Harry Kane being missing through injury and a tough Champions League group to contend with, but Christian Eriksen is the only member of Mauricio Pochettino’s playmaker ranks (Heung-min Son is rapidly becoming a forward) to have notched more than one assist this season in the league, which is telling.
Isco is known for his creativity and metronomic passing in midfield, so it would appear that he could inject some inspiration into Spurs’ 4-2-3-1 set-up – functioning either as the ‘No.10’ or from the flanks. The Real star has notched one assist in just 372 minutes of league football this term, while his return of 22 in his three previous campaigns illustrates his credentials.
The Mirror also cite interest from Chelsea, while carrying quotes from Isco about his desire to stay at Real, so the signs aren’t great. However, a lot can change in the coming few months. A January loan deal may appeal to the player, who needs to put himself in the shop window if his employers make it clear he’s not wanted beyond his current contract.