Should Chelsea move for Isco?
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Isco Alcaron moves with the ball like a ballerina. The ball is always glued to the Real Madrid midfielder's feet. He has been an undeniable success at the Santiago Bernabeu following a big-money move from Malaga in 2013. He has been a crucial member of four Champions League winning teams but the Spanish international is finding things a little hard at the moment.
Since Santiago Solari's arrival as manager, Isco has struggled to fit into the new Merengues philosophy. Consequently, he's found minutes very hard to come by. With Solari favouring other players, rumours abound the player wants to leave the capital outfit in search of regular football. Chelsea rank among the clubs being mooted. Would Stamford Bridge be a good stomping ground for the ballerina?
Isco achieved everything he can at Real Madrid. Perhaps it’s time to accept a new challenge. After winning four Champions League titles in five years, Real Madrid looks like a team in decline. They've suffered badly this term, leading to Julen Lopetegui's sacking.
Playing in England represents a new challenge. Chelsea is not the top dog in the Premier League at the moment. Their status sets Isco up as a possible hero should he come in and prove the difference. Given the depth and quality in the English top flight, the Spaniard will need to be at the top of his game every weekend. Meeting that demand will take his game to another level.
The national team
Playing in England won't hamper his chances for the national team. It might even make him indispensable. Cesc Fabregas, Santi Cazorla, David Silva, and Juan Mata played in the Premier League for years while still representing their country.
Playing well in the Premier League garners attention. The spotlight would shine on Isco. Luis Enrique would have no choice but to select him. That won't happen while he wastes away on the Real Madrid bench. He'll need regular minutes and his best form to earn a spot in the starting XI for Euro 2020.
The West End
Who doesn’t want to live in London? The capital is the prime location in England, with West London being the home of the elite. Why not Chelsea then? The FA Cup holders are an attractive proposition for any player who also wants to soak in his celebrity. There are several Spaniards in the Chelsea team already, with the aforementioned Fabregas, Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Pedro, Alvaro Morata and Kepa, Isco should have help settling into a new squad, adapting to the culture and language and dealing with any homesickness.
Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri revels in a bewitching style that should suit Isco with its short passing style. Chelsea needs a player that who can unlock defences with vision and creativity while also possessing the energy and mobility to press high and win the ball. Chelsea's current batch of midfielders are adapting well to the Italian's system, but they lack those qualities.
Isco will be a perfect signing for Chelsea. It's up to the board to make this deal happen.