Despite a rather sub-par season from Isco, he still remains one of the best young players in Europe. The 22-year-old attacking midfielder enjoyed a breakthrough 2012-13 campaign at Malaga and earned the move to Real Madrid last summer.
Isco was so heralded in Spain that Madrid let Mesut Ozil leave. The Spain international did start the season brilliantly, but when coach Carlo Ancelotti changed his tactics, he suffered a loss in form.
There was no real place for a playmaker in the Italian’s system so Isco was often asked to play in positions that didn’t suit him. Lack of regular playing time and indifferent form saw him left out of Spain’s 23-man World Cup squad.
Doubts have also been raised on Isco’s future. If Ancelotti continues to play the same system next season and if a couple of major signings in the attacking department are made, then Isco is going to find his playing time reduced even further.
For someone as ambitious and young as Isco, that is not a good prospect, which has sparked some murmurs that he could be the summer target for some big Premier League clubs.
However, Isco’s prospective suitors will have to keep in mind his eating habits. According to Ancelotti, he is the glutton in the team. He told Telecinco: ‘I have to say Isco is the player with the biggest appetite (in the Real Madrid dressing room), no doubt about that’. So any club willing to make a bid for isco must make sure that they can assure him that he will get the best food at all times.
Is Isco’s fondness for food going to be a problem at Madrid or anywhere else in the future? Probably not. While some would remember Brazilian legend Ronaldo’s weight problems during his time in the Spanish capital, at 74kg, Isco is hardly someone you can term ‘overweight’. He just loves to eat. And don’t we all?