By Lewis Irons
Some may look at Alarcon Isco as just another midfielder to add to Spain’s hefty collection. And well, yes, they’d be right!
However, at the age of 20, Isco looks set to have a bright future ahead of him, having already established himself in the starting line up of a very impressive Malaga side, who are enjoying life in the Champions league, by bagging himself 5 goals and 3 assists in 32 appearances last term, and already scoring 2 goals in 10 appearances this season.
Having risen through the youth system at Valencia and scoring an impressive double in his senior debut back in 2010 in a 4-1 home victory over UD Logrones, Isco snapped at the opportunity of becoming an important player to a club with ambition and signed for Malaga in July 2011 for 6 Million euros. This price looks more than likely to be a bargain.
Boasting a dribble of such panache that it resembles that of Andres Iniesta, it looks set in stone, or perhaps more fittingly, written in the stars, that Isco will go on to bigger things for both club and country. He is the type of player you can just look at and say, “yeah, you’d fit in well at Barca.”
Where a club move appears imminent, a breakthrough on the International stage seems slightly further afield. This is no staunch criticism though, as the rapid improvement of this talented youngster may be too much for current Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque to ignore, and with the aging parties of Xabi Alonso and Xavi Hernandez, you never know, Isco may get the nod. He will need to overshadow players like Javi Martinez, Juan Mata and Javi Garcia and even Cesc Fabregas, who are all chomping at the bit for a place in the starting line up, and fend off upcoming youngsters Thiago Alcantara, Sergio Canales and perhaps, although a slightly wider player, Iker Muniain.
To paint perhaps a more vivid image of the young playmaker, (although YouTube is just an open tab away) it is an easy, and fair comparison to make between Isco and Englishman Jack Wilshere: both 20 years old, both playing in the centre of the park for a Champions League side, yet not one challenging for their domestic title. However the key difference is the number of senior international caps each individual has earned. Isco has never earned a single cap, whereas Jack Wilshere has won a total of 5 senior caps. However, it is almost like Isco has applied to a University with higher entry requirements than Wilshere, so it is going to be a lot harder for the young man from Benalmadena to make a name for himself in World Football.
However, while he works away at making his career one to remember, keep an eye on Alarcon Isco, and notice for yourself his true potential.