In early 2015, Real Madrid has struggled, between a stream of injuries, an underperforming Gareth Bale, and inconsistent, poor play. However one player has stepped up, Isco, number 23 is a player that most would not consider a superstar, but one who has been crucial in helping a struggling Madrid stay afloat, making up for an injured James Rodriguez and Luka Modric. In his time filling in as a starter on Madrid Isco has played a beautiful game, creating wonderful opportunities for his teammates, making perfect passes, and defeating difficult challenges.
Although he is not a complete no-name player, Isco still tends to be a bit of a sleeper and has always seemed to be just barely out of the spotlight, passed up for awards and overshadowed by several of his peers such as James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale, and Cristiano Ronaldo. Additionally he was cut from the 2014 Spanish national football team, and was bypassed for beIN’s “25 Under 25” best soccer players list. However his stats speak for themselves, despite only playing 19 matches this season, Isco has the 5th most assists this season behind only Messi, Ronaldo, Cheryshev, and Suarez. Iker Casillas, Real Madrid’s captain, and renowned Spanish goalkeeper once commented that “Isco is the most important Spanish player of the future.” Its true that Real Madrid has many great players that could start over Isco, however he has proved this season that he is an incredible player, and that with more development (and more playing time) he could prove to be more than just an important Spanish player in the future, he could be an incredibly important Real Madrid player in the future.