This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Isco had a pretty rough start to the new 2019/20 La Liga campaign and has only managed to tally three appearances to his name so far. But his talents are undeniable and Zinedine Zidane would be wise to find a spot for him in the team.

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The 27-year-old Spaniard has been a part of the Real Madrid squad since 2013 when he joined the club from Malaga.

And despite some hiccups along the way, Isco became a key part of the squad and has accomplished great things with the Galacticos.

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In the 280 games he has played in a white shirt, he has managed to score 48 goals and assist a further 52 in the process. Those are pretty impressive figures but for all his talent and obvious qualities, he has struggled for continuity.

And unfortunately for him, he currently doesn’t have a clear role in Zidane’s team.

Wasted talent

Saying that it’s difficult to fight for your spot at Real Madrid would be an understatement.

Naturally, Zidane has a pretty stacked squad at his disposal and even big names like Isco are struggling to fit in.

Granted, his latest injury has kept him sidelined for six games and he is yet to get back on the pitch despite receiving medical clearance.

But with his primary role this season being that of a left-winger, according to Transfermarkt’s database, it’s difficult to see him thrive.

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This is especially true considering Real’s purchase of Eden Hazard, who is bound to be their first-choice wide man on the left, leaving Isco on the bench.

But Isco is quite versatile, as well. For the games Transfermarkt have in their database, Isco has been played in five major positions – attacking midfield, central midfield, right and left wing and as a centre-forward.

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If Madrid need creativity from the midfield, he could definitely be a solution to that problem. With that in mind, giving him enough time to find his footing and unleash his potential in that advanced role in the middle of the park could do Real Madrid a lot of good.

At the moment, Isco’s skill set is being wasted precisely because he has no real role within the squad and thus, no consistent game time to show what he can do.

But the competition is tough and no one gets a guaranteed chance.

Looking strictly at the player in question, however, Zidane would be wise to find a way to fit Isco into his starting XI; he’s simply too talented to be left out.


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