If you were paying attention to the youth teams last season you will know why the sky is the limit for Alejandro Garnacho, formerly of Atletico Madrid, who is raising his stake in the modern game as one of the world’s most exciting teenagers.
It’s been a whirlwind few months for the 17-year-old.
Manchester United beat Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid to his signature two years ago, and there has been talk of the young forward getting a new contract at Old Trafford to fend off growing interest from Juventus.
It would only make sense for United to get a deal done with Garnacho now before it’s too late, especially to reward his FA Youth Cup heroics and first-team debut. He scored 15 goals in all competitions for United’s youth teams last season, including seven in the FA Youth Cup.
Garnacho topped off a memorable 2021/22 campaign by winning the Jimmy Murphy Award – previously achieved by Marcus Rashford, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. He turned heads back in March after being called into Argentina’s international squad. That is why it’s always a good idea to check for the best football betting apps because you it might be your lucky day.
However, he did not get as far as making his debut, nor made a matchday squad, but he did get the chance to train with Lionel Messi. Since then, he has been scoring goals for the Argentina U20 squad.
Garnacho opted to play for Argentina, despite representing Spain at youth level.
Former Liverpool midfielder and coach at international youth level, Javier Mascherano, can see a bright future for Garnacho. He said: “Alejandro is a great player with a lot of potential for growing. By playing in the club, he plays for, and above all the importance his club gives him for the future, it is up to him to show what he is capable of.”
It wouldn’t surprise us if he became a wildcard option for Argentina at Qatar 2022.
ESPN journalist Diego Monroig was quoted saying: “I don’t want to lose sight of Alejandro Garnacho’s current situation. If he goes up to the first team of Manchester United and settles well in the Premier League, it would not be a surprise if Scaloni summons him.”
The young forward was voted Revelation of the Toulon Tournament in recognition of his displays for Argentina this summer.
United gave players extended breaks this summer if they were involved in international, but Garnacho showed up earlier than expected on Monday morning to impress the new manager.
It’s clear that after some impressive performances for both club and country, and academy graduate will soon be asking for more minutes in the first team.
Let’s hope he gets a run in one of the cups at least.