Why should Tottenham sign Isco on loan?
Tottenham haven’t done a lot of business this summer, with Vincent Janssen and Victor Wanyama being the only major additions to the squad. The Mirror report that Daniel Levy is keen to make a major signing before the transfer window closes. He is looking to strengthen the attacking options, which need to be improved after the sale of Nacer Chadli to West Brom. The report states that they have launched an audacious offer to bring Isco to White Hart Lane on loan.
Daniel Levy has been in contact with Real Madrid, but the Spanish club are tough negotiators. Although they may be willing to let either Isco or James Rodriguez leave the club, they know that both are superb players and will hold out for as much money as possible.
The Premier League is brimming with money at the moment and the Champions League holders will demand a big loan fee from Tottenham, while the option to buy will also be tough to negotiate. Real Madrid will know their asking price for Isco, but this could rise significantly if he goes out on loan and shines. It will be a tough deal to do for Spurs to do in just over 24 hours.
The Spaniard doesn’t look to have a future at Real Madrid after the emergence of Marco Asensio. Isco fell out of favour towards the end of last season and a move away will appeal to him. He needs regular first team football to fulfil his world class potential. It is difficult to develop as a player at Real Madrid, as the competition is fierce and only the very best get regular football.
A move to Tottenham could be perfect for Isco in terms of his personal development, as he would be a regular for them in both the Premier League and the Champions League. They are an up-and-coming club under Mauricio Pochettino and have the potential to become regulars in the top four. Isco would bring creativity to the midfield as he is excellent in possession and has the ability to add cutting edge to their attacks in open play.
His vision is impressive as he is capable of playing passes that the majority of players can only dream of. Isco sees the game with clarity and never seems rushed on the ball, even when under intense pressure. He has an excellent passing range, but through balls are his most potent weapon, as he almost always weights them perfectly through to a team-mate.
Although he is an excellent technician, Isco may struggle to fit into Pochettino’s high intensity system. He prefers to find pockets of space to exploit, rather than chase the ball all over the pitch. There are also concerns about his physicality and how he would deal with the quicker pace of the Premier League. That said, he is a huge talent and would improve almost any squad in the world, including Tottenham.
The North London club brought in a player from Real Madrid on deadline day in 2010. On that occasion it was Rafael van der Vaart and he was seen as a huge coup for the club at the time. Although a possible move for Isco is similar, Tottenham should be looking to bring in more players with global reputations. They are trying to consistently qualify for the Champions League and to do so, they have to continue improving their squad on a yearly basis. A move for Isco would significantly improve their squad and it would excite the fans, creating increased optimism for the season ahead.
It is possible that Isco will move to Tottenham before the deadline, as Levy is eager to make a major attacking signing. If he manages to pull it off, Spurs would be benefiting once again from Real Madrid stockpiling attacking talent. Spurs have the finances available to do the deal after another measured summer of recruitment and the benefits make it worthwhile for them. Isco is still young and has the potential to become a star, it would be a coup for Tottenham to bring him to North London.
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