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Isco is proving to be the best of the young bunch at Real
Before Real's annual summer galactico signing, the club spent €73m on Asier Illarramendi, Isco, Casemiro and Daniel Carvajal.
Heavy expectations fell on the shoulders of Illarramendi and Isco since both players cost €30m each. It was a change in transfer tactic by Real supremo Florentino Perez, since he had not opened the cheque-book to that magnitude for a Spanish player since 2005—when he paid Sevilla €27m for the services of Sergio Ramos.
The youngsters were therefore placed under considerable pressure, but Isco has hit the ground running with eight goals and six assists in 21 matches (La Liga and Champions League).
In contrast, Illarramendi's Real career started very slowly, but he is learning from the minutes he accumulates playing alongside the likes of Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric.
In addition to the acquisitions, academy players Alvaro Morata and Jese have been promoted from the Real Madrid Castilla squad. Despite recent transfer speculation from the Daily Mirror's Alan Wilson, there are big hopes for both players.
The latter in particular recently grabbed the headlines with a match-winning goal at the Mestalla stadium against Valencia, while the former notched another goal recently against Real Betis.
The acclimatization of the younger players has also fine-tuned the experienced players, particularly those linked with transfers away from the Bernabeu.
Xabi Alonso's return from injury has galvanized the squad, resulting in nine wins and a draw from the last 10 La Liga matches, plus he played his part in the last half of the Champions League group stage.
To make matters even better, the pivotal La Roja midfielder put pen to paper to extend his stay at the Bernabeu for another two seasons.
With Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria also performing well of late, the squad is ticking over nicely, with no arrivals and departures expected during the January transfer window.