Despite his fantastic start to the season, it may be some time before Real Madrid’s summer purchase Isco is seen regurlarly in first-team action again.
Manager of Los Blancos, Carlo Ancelotti, has recently adapted his 4-2-3-1 formation into a 4-3-3 which removes the position of a creative midfielder, giving Isco, who prefers to play in that number ten position, less chance to compete for a starting role.
The Italian says, however, that he believes Isco has the ability to play in other areas and the change may mean the young Spaniard is able to adapt himself to play a different role for the team.
“It is true that this change makes it more difficult for Isco, but he can play in Di María’s or Modric’s position as well. I have not forgotten about the old system [4-2-3-1] and we may still use it from time to time,” Ancelotti said.
He added: “The 4-3-3 system gives us more balance because the defensive job done by the three midfielders is very good and we will keep using this system.”
Isco has made 16 appearances in La Liga since his summer mover from Malaga, and will be aiming to impress national team coach Vicente Del Bosque in the second half of the season to improve his chances of making Spain’s 2014 World Cup squad.