Alejandro Garnacho tipped to gatecrash Argentina's World Cup squad for Qatar
Alejandro Garnacho caused a real stir when he was called into Argentina’s international squad back in March.
The Manchester United youngster did not quite get as far as making his debut, nor making a matchday squad, although he did get the opportunity to train with Lionel Messi and co.
Since then Garnacho has been with Argentina’s under-20 squad, where he has three goals in four matches, including an impressive free-kick against France at the weekend.
His performances are attracting attention, potentially making him a wildcard option for Argentina at Qatar 2022.
Garnacho tipped to gatecrash Argentina squad
Argentine outlet Tiempo suggest Garnacho could ‘sneak in’ to the Argentina squad for the World Cup later this year.
Manager Lionel Scaloni made cryptic comments in a press conference, hinting at a potential surprise.
He said: Beyond the 30 named that always come, there may be someone from outside, but someone we have summoned.”
Garnacho fits the bill, although as the potential 31st player in the pecking order, he faces a tall task to make the cut to the final 23.
For the 17-year-old, just being in the conversation is a remarkable sign of his progress over the past 12 months. Garnacho recently said he could not believe the success he has enjoyed over the past year.
The youngster’s next task is to make an impression in pre-season under new Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag.
If he can become a part of United’s first team at the start of the next season and get some game time, then he will really be in with a shout to gatecrash the Argentina squad.
ESPN journalist Diego Monroig was quoted by Los Andes: “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 opportunity is there for the teenager. After the rapid progress he has made over the last year, ending 2022 on a high is certainly possible.