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Isco has plenty of promise.
The Real Madrid midfielder has had an up-and-down season.
For large parts of it, he was out of the team and found it hard to break into Carlo Ancelotti's preferred attacking trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.
Behind that, the only spot in the midfield he could occupy would be the most attacking one, which Angel Di Maria was holding down with conviction.
When he left Malaga, he would have hoped to feature more for Los Blancos.
It started off so well, making his debut at home against Real Betis, scoring the winner and assisting the other goal in a 2-1 win.
But the 4-3-3 was not perfect for his style and he was often out of the side.
He notched 11 goals in 53 games in his first season for Real, not a bad tally.
All in all, it can be considered a success, given that he was part of the team that played in the Champions League final win, La Decima.
Spain's formation is far more suited to a man of his abilities; he can play across the three attacking midfielders behind the striker.