Pundit reacts as January switch to Leeds United is sounded out for Real Madrid star Isco
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Paul Robinson has rubbished the idea of Leeds United making a move to sign Isco from Real Madrid in January.
The Sunday People reported via their print edition on November 21 [page 57] that while West Ham are the favourites to sign the 29-year-old attacking midfielder at this stage, Leeds have been “sounded out” as a potential destination for him.
While Isco is someone well known across Europe, Robinson doesn’t feel as though he’s the kind of player who Marcelo Bielsa needs when his team could be in a relegation battle this season.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News this week, Robinson said: “I don’t think Leeds need another attacking player in that position. The only player they need who plays in the final third is someone who can play when Patrick Bamford doesn’t play.
“I’m not so sure Isco would be up for a relegation battle in the Premier League and I don’t think that’s the type of player you want to bring in.
“I don’t think they’ll be in a relegation battle because of the quality of players they’ve got but when you look at where Leeds are now, Leeds have got to sign players in January in the same way Newcastle have.
“I’m not so sure Isco would be the right type of player to sign for a relegation battle or somebody who can keep you in the Premier League. They have to sign players for the current players and be realistic.
“Last year they were outstanding in the Premier League but this year they have to stabilise and stay in the Premier League – it would be a disaster if they didn’t.”
Isco has played just seven times in La Liga for Real Madrid this season, starting just twice.
The 38-times Spain international has an outstanding CV, winning four Champions League and two La Liga titles during his time at the Bernabeu, which started in 2013 when he was signed from Malaga.
Isco reportedly earns £226,000-a-week at Real Madrid and seems to be one of the players the Spaniards are willing to get rid of in order to curb their spending on player wages [AS].
He was once dubbed “phenomenal” by Zinedine Zidane [90min] but it appears the attacker’s days at Real Madrid are now numbered.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has dropped a Marcelo Bielsa exit verdict amid recent speculation.