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Real Madrid Playmaker Is On Leicester City’s Radar: Should Ancelotti Cut Him Loose?

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In a recent report, Fichajes mentioned that Real Madrid playmaker Isco is on Leicester City’s radar ahead of the January transfer window. It has been revealed that the Spanish talent is not part of Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti’s first-team plans and could leave the Spanish capital this winter with both the Foxes and Everton showing interest in snapping him up.

Isco’s Fall From Grace In Spanish Football This Season

Isco has been a sporadic presence in Real Madrid‘s first team this season. The Spaniard has found game time hard to come by at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium of late after making six appearances for Los Blancos, finding the back of the net once across all competitions.

Most of the 29-year-old’s playing minutes came off the bench, so he deserves a lot of credit for averaging 1.2 tackles, 1.0 shots, 0.7 key passes and 1.7 dribbles per game in La Liga this season. Isco has even been accurate with his ball distribution, based on his pass completion rate of 90.1% in the English top-flight (stats via whoscored).

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SEVILLE, SPAIN – AUGUST 28: Juanmi Jimenez of Real Betis and Isco of Real Madrid CF battle for the ball during the La Liga Santander match between Real Betis and Real Madrid CF at Estadio Benito Villamarin on August 28, 2021 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)
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Should Los Blancos Cut Isco Loose This Winter?

Isco remains an excellent dribbler with the ball at his feet and can create some decent chances for others around him. He has got the eye to unlock the opponent’s defence with a killer pass in the final third. Isco is primarily an attacking midfielder but can even play as a left-sided wide player if needed which makes him such an integral member of Carlo Ancelotti‘s match-day squad.

The Spanish attacker can even generate a yard of space for himself to get a few shots in on-target. However, Isco is in dire need to secure regular first-team football if he wants to make the most out of the remainder of his playing career.

At 29, the Benalmadena-born sensation has still got plenty of football left in him. However, it seems like he is surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu, so it is only fair to the player if Ancelotti cuts him loose when the transfer window commences once again on January 1st.

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