Five takeaways from Real Madrid’s Mestalla thriller

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Isco falters in another game:

VALENCIA, SPAIN – DECEMBER 15: Isco of Real Madrid during the La Liga Santander match between Valencia v Real Madrid at the Estadio de Mestalla on December 15, 2019 in Valencia Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Despite having a couple of good performances following his return to the lineup against PSG, Isco has seemingly taken a back step in his past couple of appearances. Consistency has been a question posed to the Spain international, particularly in recent seasons.

With back-to-back performances that were completely average, what does Zidane do? Outside of the injured James Rodriguez the coach is left with little options. Whilst Isco has shown some brilliant form in the past couple of years, particularly 2016/17, he has not sustained form since.

Against Valencia, he offered next to nothing throughout his time on the pitch. Completing no dribbles and creating no chances whatsoever. Even in the passing department, whilst his 91% completion rate of 41 passes sounds respectable, it was the joint lowest of the attackers alongside Rodrygo who completed them at a percentage of 97%.

Given the persistent links to Donny Van De Beek and Paul Pogba and the pending return of Martin Ødegaard, Isco could very quickly see his position not only under threat but completely replaced. With that in mind, it may be time to consider moving the former Malaga player on.

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