The Isco Fiasco: What's next in store for the Real Madrid midfielder under Santiago Solari's tutelage?
Why have the powers at Real Madrid been so hard on this talented young man? Time and again he has had to prove his mettle to every incoming manager since his arrival in the summer of 2013.
Isco is arguably one of the better players in the squad in a season marred by uncertainty and it's disheartening to see a player of his calibre looking haplessly from the bench in every game and not getting any relevant minutes. The last time Isco started in LaLiga was in Julen Lopetegui's swansong match, a 5-1 drubbing by arch-rivals Barcelona in October.
Unsurprisingly, Isco found himself in a familiar situation under Zidane in 2017, which he managed to turn around and went on to start in the following Champions League final. But now with Solari at the helm, the same is very unlikely to happen as the manager has close to zero confidence in the player.
Solari blames his lack of fitness and effort in training but this is a player who has won four Champions League trophies and is one of the best players in the Spanish national team so that can't be the case at all.
The player who looks out of sorts right now in Real Madrid is the zippy left-back Marcelo who still played the full game against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final. Under Solari, there are only four players in the current squad who have played fewer minutes than Isco - Javi Sanchez, Jesus Vallejo, Mariano Diaz and Brahim Diaz.
Now the playmaker has taken to the social media to express his frustration declaring that he is not getting the same opportunities as his teammates are but has vowed to stick around and work hard until he gets the chance to prove himself. All the things point to a deeper personal rift between the manager and the player.
With a busy month coming up for the club and his spot in the national squad in jeopardy, Isco will have to be on pins and needles and stick to his words. One thing which is very clear at the moment is that there is going to be only one winner at the end of this ongoing feud and the other will surely be out of the door by the time the next season kicks off.