Argentine press say 'very likely' Alejandro Garnacho makes international debut this week

Alejandro Garnacho is making rapid progress. He was first named in Argentina’s 44-man preliminary international squad, and has made the cut to the final 22.

Now he is being tipped to make his debut this coming week either when Argentina face Venezuela on Friday or against Ecuador next Wednesday.

Argentine news outlet TN Deportivo report ‘it is very likely’ Garnacho will make his debut, along with fellow young call-up Luka Romero, 17, who plays for Lazio.

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Incentive for Argentina to select Garnacho

Garnacho has dual citizenship for Argentina and Spain, and previously represented Spain at under-18s level.

Right now this is their opportunity to get Garnacho to commit to them for the future, and making his international debut will go a long way – although it is not yet final.

Players under-21 can still switch nationality afterwards if they have made three caps or less, providing none of them have come at the World Cup finals.

Garnacho is only 17 and Argentina are onto him early, and if he continues to impress, then he should rack up plenty more caps and surpass that threshold before he turns 21, and there is a chance he even gatecrashes Argentina’s World Cup squad for Qatar.

The Manchester United winger plays with a boundless enthusiam and he is electric in possession, showing a direct element to his game which makes him a major threat in the final third.

He changed the game for United’s under-23s last Friday night when he came off the bench, providing an assist in the 3-0 win over Everton and almost got on the scoresheet. This season Garnacho has 15 academy goals and six assists in total, including five goals in the FA Youth Cup.

Garnacho’s international exploits are a prelude to his eventual Manchester United first team call, which looks to be inevitable.

He also has the FA Youth Cup final to look forward to, which will take place at Old Trafford against either Chelsea or Nottingham Forest.

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