Much of the summer transfer window discussion was about former Tottenham and Welsh International star Gareth Bale‘s impending record transfer to Real Madrid, and for good reason. At the early stages of the season, however, no player who transferred clubs this summer can claim to have had a bigger impact than Spanish international Isco.
The Valencia Youth product has represented his country at every level internationally from the under-16 squad to the senior squad. Isco finally received his first and only cap this past February. Spain’s illustrious midfield makes it hard for even world-class players to get in the squad.
When you have to battle the likes of Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, David Silva, Juan Mata, Santi Cazorla, Sergio Busquets, Javi Martinez and Xabi Alonso for places in the National side, even the most talented youngsters would see little, if any chances to impress on the pitch.
Nonetheless, Isco has shined at club level, putting in spectacular performances at Malaga that earned him a £30 million transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu. Even with Cristiano Ronaldo, Bale, Angel Di Maria and Karim Benzema in the side, Isco has arguably been Los Blancos’ best player so far this season.
As great of a player as Mesut Ozil is, the German international isn’t known for his goal getting. Isco brings Ozil’s creativity and athleticism to a team with a more clinical approach in front of goal than the current Arsenal player. No one can debate the greatness Ozil displayed during his time with the La Liga giants, but as of now, the Madrodista supporters have no reason to dwell on the past with Isco pulling the strings in the Real Madrid midfield.
Scoring 14 goals last year for Malaga and already putting four goals in the back of the net this season, Isco looks to maintain his glittering form as he continues to ascend and lead Real Madrid to their 10th Champions League title. Don’t be surprised if you see this talented youngster pushing some of Spain’s top players for a place in the national side of the World Cup next summer in Brazil.