Julián Álvarez emerges as a variant for a scoring facet centralized in Messi and Lautaro

A few months after the Argentina National Team was eliminated from the 2018 round of 16 of Russia, a new stage began with Lionel Scallonic commander. Whoever had been Jorge Sampaoli’s assistant was looked at from the side with some suspicion, as he had never had experience as a chief engineer in a first team.

However, the Santa Fe coach, with a fleeting step in the Albiceleste Sub 20, had to demonstrate that a long career is not necessary to be successful. Only the title from DT, which he received on the field in 2017 and later.

The 44-year-old quarterback led a remarkable group management, renewed the places he needed to change, gave full confidence to each of his bets (that of Rodrigo De Paul being the most emblematic) and the results accompanied him by far.

Just over a month before the moment of truth in the World Cup, Scaloni built a squad that can boast a current run of 35 games in a row without losing. backpack of more than two decades without titles for the Major and the extra of the Finalissima, in which he defeated Italy, the last winner of the EURO.

But the results have an argument behind them, a well-oiled idea of ​​the game and a solidity that shows Argentina as one of the best-playing teams in the world. And in a finer analysis, there’s one notable part of this team’s schedule: half of the goals converted in this Scaloni era have had Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martínez as authors.

Argentine top scorers in the era of Scaloni

What happens in this aspect, there are no variants? The figures suggest that La Pulga (25 goals) and the current Inter player (20) centralize the scoring record of an Albiceleste who had a total of 90 conquests during the cycle of the DT born in Pujato. Well separated, below appears Ángel Di María with 4.

In this context, the growing number Julian Alvarez, who starts earning miles at Manchester City and shows he can take part in the Albiceleste’s attack. In fact, he comes by doing it after pairing with Lautaro for the first goal of the recent win in the 3-0 friendly against Jamaica.

The former River has the versatility to alternate his position depending on the companion on the attack. When he goes in, he shows the ability to send the ball into the net and when he has to play outside, as can happen with Erling Haaland at City, he has those qualities too.

There have been only 10 games in which the Spider played with his country’s national team, only three as a starter, and he has scored two goals: against Ecuador on the last day of qualifying last year and that against Jamaica. And it is without a doubt a weapon Scaloni can rely on when looking for a variant to reach the target.

There is no doubt that Argentina’s functioning has generally been well polished. Giovani Lo Celso looks immobile, although without efficiency in finishing; Taking on for Messi against the Jamaicans, Alexis Mac Allister was another person who stood out for his great vision of the game to find spaces and circulate the ball; For now, he needs to film more to show what he knows in Brighton: an accurate definition.

Leandro Paredes still has a recovery job to do in midfield before he thinks of another alternative to goal, as does De Paul; Papu Gómez completes the rest with his speed and skill, but without finishing the pieces and perhaps Di María could be the most interesting based on his good punch.

The one that best fits this slogan is in any case Álvarez, who in his first steps with the Dutch national team aspires to a future with a positive goal count.

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