When you watch Isco play, the first thing that comes to mind is a question about what happened to that player who would put players on their backside when dribbling past them and whose vision and passing ability would leave opponents trembling.
That samurai-like threat is now a distant memory when it comes to the Real Madrid midfielder.
The joyful parts of his play are now tedious.
In the past he would be dynamic and had such a sharp acceleration, but now it seems like he’s running through treacle and there is this feeling that nothing will happen when he’s on the ball.
The match against Real Valladolid was just another to add to Isco’s collection of bland performances.
You have to really wrack your brains to remember the last time Isco performed at the level that saw him manage to break Zinedine Zidane’s blind faith in the BBC front three.
He did it with football, goals and playing like a totally different player.
As expected, Isco hasn’t been called up to the latest national squad.
It’s impossible to imagine Isco fitting in to the fast style of play that Luis Enrique wants to instil in his team.
The coach wants players who can fly around the pitch and today Isco can’t do anything of the sort.
The ship has now sailed for Isco, but he was one of the main components of Luis Enrique’s team not long ago.
Just two years ago, the Asturian described him as a “key and decisive player”.
This compliment seems to have turned out to be more of a curse because, since then, Isco seems to have been swallowed up by football.
It was the war with Santiago Solari, who seemed to be his Darth Vader.
The Argentine left, though, and Zidane returned, but the one who is still a bit lost is Isco.
Since Zidane’s return to the Bernabeu dugout, Isco has played 43 matches, starting 27.
He’s scored five goals, with the most recent coming against Manchester City before the coronavirus pandemic.
Since the return of football, he’s failed to score in the nine matches that he’s played.
He also hasn’t been involved with the national team since the 3-0 victory over Sweden in June 2019, with Roberto Moreno in charge.
At the age of 28, the perfect age for a footballer, does Isco have the performances in him to get back to being Isco again?
It’s expected that a lot of people will write him off.
There aren’t many arguments to say that he’ll get back to his best other than the fact that a genius can appear at any moment…