No team in Europe have a bench as good as Real Madrid. The fact that the likes of James and Isco have to sit there for the most part just further proves the point. Isco and James both very talented players and according many will walk into any teams starting XI are finding it hard to break into the Real Madrid first team.
The situation for both players is now such that one of them is probably going to leave at the end of the season. This obviously depends upon which player is a part of Zidane’s long term plan.
This season under Zidane Isco has played more than James and by the looks of it has moved ahead of James in the pecking order.
All that is happening around the Bernabeu suggests that the little Spanish midfielder will stay as Zidane feels he can be a part of his plans. The reason why the Colombian has moved a place below Isco is also because of his attitude; he doesn’t looks to be working as hard as others but in favor of him I’d say he has a more of end product than Isco.
Isco on the other hand looks to be the fans favorite as his recent performances against Sporting and other have been nothing short of brilliant. In his last Laliga start Isco won Real Madrid 3 crucial points with 2 goals of great quality.
In my personal opinion James although a world class player wont be here at the start of next season as Isco looks to be the more favored player.
Isco also received very high praise from Zidane as well back in 2013 he said
He’s like me on a technical level.
Indeed to be compared with Zidane by the very man himself is what a player dreams of. If Zidane sees even a tiny bit of himself in Isco than I am sure keeping him at Real Madrid will be the clubs first priority.
Another reason why Isco is more suited to Real Madrid is because of his ability to play as a central midfielder; James on the other hand can not play at his optimum there because his favored position is CAM and in Zidane’s 4-3-3 system its not possible to play James in his favored position.
Now reports from Marca are claiming that Isco have come to agreement to sign a new deal with the Los Blancos until 2022 surely means James must look elsewhere.
Isco have played a 57.7% of his Laliga minutes as a CM and have played really well along with Kroos and Modric.
Obviously Toni Kroos and Modric cant be benched as their quality and understanding in the central midfield is second to none but Casemiro although a great tackler of the ball and an essential part of the team may well be benched sometimes to allow Isco, Modric and Kroos to run the midfield show.
Statistically James have the edge over Isco but in reality Isco provides more engine to the team with his hard work and commitment.
James sadly have to find a new club because a player of his quality can not waste his talent on the bench. It will be a win win situation for both Real & James because James wont come cheap.