Zinedine Zidane has plenty of alternatives for his team. Gareth Bale got injured and won’t be back until February, at least. Lucas Vázquez was his replacement but the Spanish will also miss all the games in January. In their place, Isco and James Rodríguez are fighting for a spot in the line up, and both are shining when they have the chance.
James Rodríguez complained after the FIFA Club World Cup because he didn’t have minutes with Real Madrid. In the first opportunity of the year, Zidane put him in the pitch and he answered with two goals and a great game against Sevilla. He had also minutes in La Liga and he gave an assist to Casemiro in the second half.
On the other hand, Isco was about to leave the club in summer for the lack of opportunities. He had the chance to play because Modric o Toni Kroos were injured back in autumn and he shone in important games like against Atlético Madrid or Barcelona, earning a place in the line up. Now, he played again in La Liga and scored two goals against Granada, being the best of the game.
Isco and James Rodríguez have similar skills and both are fighting for same spot in the line up. It will be difficult to see both in the pitch but, for sure, the competition means that both have to play better and this is always something positive for the club.
Isco has played 13 games in La Liga this season scoring four goals, including the two of Saturday. On the other hand, James Rodríguez has only played 9 games in La Liga, scoring one goal against Espanyol. Both players have to continue with the run and the work if they want to have opportunities at the end of the season. Both James or Isco could leave Madrid at the end of the season, but in the meantime they have the opportunity to get Real Madrid supporters and become one of the key players in this squad.