Why Spurs should make a move for Isco to replace Christian Eriksen
According to a report from the Sun, Tottenham are keen on signing Real Madrid star Isco as a replacement for Christian Eriksen.
Isco, 27, was a key player for Real Madrid during Zinedine Zidane’s first stint in charge. The Spanish international, who has scored 35 goals in 187 games for Madrid, has made just three appearances under Zidane this season.
He has struggled with injuries of late, although that should not put off Tottenham from making a move for him in January, especially if Eriksen is sold.
Eriksen is in the final year of his Tottenham deal and has snubbed offers of improved terms.
The playmaker expressed a desire to leave in the summer but no clubs came in with any concrete offers. The Dane is one of four players whose contract expires in June—and manager Mauricio Pochettino is open to offloading the player in January rather losing him for nothing next summer.
If Eriksen is sold, are Tottenham right in considering Isco as his replacement?
Absolutely! Isco, on his day, is one of the best in the world in his position, something Spurs could definitely do with more of in their squad given the current options they have in that area.
Isco is enduring a difficult spell in the Spanish capital, making just three La Liga appearances all season as he struggles with injury.
It does not appear as though the attacking midfielder is a key part of Real Madrid’s future plans, and they are willing to part with the former Malaga man. Perhaps, a move away from Santiago Bernabeu could help the Spanish midfielder revive his career, and a switch to Tottenham could be the ideal destination.
Apart from leading the attack, Isco can play anywhere across the front-line. He is a technically gifted and tactically versatile player that has so much to offer and on his day, is simply unplayable. A skilful and creative no.10, the 27-year-old’s technical abilities combined with his dribbling skills and eye for a killer pass make him such an exciting player.
The Spaniard’s ability to keep hold of the ball, move forward with the ball and create chances allow him to bring others into the play, which will result in Tottenham’s smooth transition. His tendency to drop deep will add more stability in midfield while his chance creations will always be of great help in the final third.
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Truly, Isco can carve open defences at will, add the flair that has been missed in Spurs’ attack this season and most importantly, score goals. He would be the perfect like-for-like Eriksen replacement at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
But that being said, it remains unclear whether or not the Spanish international will able to integrate to the fast-paced nature of English football. And if he does, he could be a valuable asset for Tottenham.