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Everton Boss Remains Coy When Asked About This La Liga Star: Should The Toffees Get Him?

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In a recent interview (via The Liverpool Echo), Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti remained coy when asked about Real Madrid playmaker Isco as he said, “Isco is a fantastic player and [I have] a fantastic memory of him, but now I am not, honestly, focused there.  I am focused on an important week we are going to have to recover players and to be well prepared for the game against United.”

Last weekend, The Daily Mirror reported that the Spanish playmaker is keen on joining the Toffees on loan when the transfer window reopens in January. With Ancelotti refusing to address the speculation head-on, a move might very well be on the cards, especially after James Rodriguez’s incredible impact while on loan at Goodison Park this season.

Isco’s Unimpressive Start To This New La Liga Season

Isco has made a lacklustre start to this campaign as he has struggled to contribute in the offensive end of the field. He has been involved in five matches for Los Blancos but is still waiting to earn his first goal or assist in this campaign.

The 28-year-old has only secured 177 minutes of playing time as most of his appearances have come off the bench. The 38-time Spanish international has lacked consistency so far this season as evidenced by his average of 0.6 shots, 0.2 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga. However, he has distributed the ball accurately in the opposition half after completing 85.1% of his attempted passes in the Spanish top-flight (stats via whoscored).

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti remains coy when asked about Isco who is seen in the photo
Real Madrid’s midfielder Isco kneels on the pitch during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, on November 19, 2016. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

What Does The Spanish Attacker Offer On The Pitch?

Despite his recent struggles, Isco is still amongst the best dribblers in Spanish football as he showcases excellent ball control, balance and composure when running with the ball which makes him a constant nuisance for the opposition defenders.

The Spaniard is quite tidy with his passing in the final third and is not afraid to launch a strike from long range when given time and space by his marker. He is also a set-piece specialist as he can put a lot of curve with his crosses from dead-ball situations.

Should The Toffees Orchestrate A Loan Move For Isco In January?

Ancelotti can gain a lot from recruiting an accomplished and experienced playmaker like Isco as the Spanish international will add a lot of creativity to his attacking department. The Real Madrid squad player could also help Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison be even more productive in front of the opposition goal.

Therefore, the Merseyside outfit should consider getting Isco on board even if it is on a short-term loan contract as he has the potential to steer Everton to a top-six finish in the Premier League this season. Furthermore, Isco will be able to secure regular first-team football which will aid him in his quest to reignite his old form at the top level.

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