Reports suggest Manchester City will come up with £17 million for Isco when Manuel Pellegrini is confirmed as the club’s new manager, possibly early next week.
Some have said that’s a gamble and too much money to risk on a 21-year-old who has little experience in top flight football, let alone the conditions he will face in the Premier League.
However, he produced three remarkable pieces of skill for Spain in their 1-0 win over Russia in their opening match of the Under-21 European Championship, which prove exactly why he’s worth such a large amount of money.
The first bit of skill is a remarkable flick of the foot, which sees the ball stick to his foot like glue.
It’s a skill that was first introduced by Brazilian legend Ronaldinho and something which is very difficult to defend against.
The second bit of skill sees him sandwiched between two Russian defenders before a quick drag of the ball and a flick to take them both out of the game, creating some space to lay off a pass.
The third, and possibly best, bit of skill sees him nutmeg a defender innocently pressing him.
All the poor old Russian lad is doing is trying to put a bit of pressure on the ball but Isco nutmegs and changes direction in a second. Remarkable.
Take a look at his insane skills.
Which piece of skill is the best? Do you still think he’s a gamble at £17 million?
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