Real Madrid: 5 players with a point to prove before 2020-21 ends

Real Madrid, Alvaro Odriozola (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid, Isco
Real Madrid, Isco (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images) /

AM Isco

Isco doesn’t just have something to prove to Real Madrid and the fans. Since he is on the sale list as well, Isco’s performances are being monitored by other clubs. Every time he steps onto the pitch, potential suitors are watching closely to see if they can possibly get more out of the Andalusian attacking midfielder. After all, Everton successfully built a system around James Rodriguez, so some equally ambitious Premier League side could take the same roll of the dice on Isco in 2021.

When Isco gets a run of minutes and a chance to succeed in one of his preferred positions, he usually rewards Real Madrid. Zinedine Zidane has used him in multiple positions this season. He’s played the free role, he’s been an attacking midfielder, he’s been a ball-carrying center midfielder, and he’s even been a false nine.

A traditional attacking midfield role or “free role” tends to suit Isco best. He is very good at cutting inside on his right foot and even better at dancing around defenders. Isco’s tendency to dance too much, though, doesn’t really endear him to Real Madrid.

Isco’s future in Madrid is not settled yet. Unlike Odriozola and Mariano, Isco stands a real chance of staying for the 2021-2022 season. It’s probably better for both parties to finally go their separate ways, but perhaps there is one more swerve coming up in the topsy-turvy career of Isco at Real Madrid.