Facundo Pellistri continues to waste his time at Alaves
Facundo Pellistri showcased his potential for Uruguay during January’s World Cup qualifiers.
Pellistri was a surprise call-up for Uruguay amid a worrying lack of game time on loan at Deportivo Alaves.
The Manchester United loanee seized his chance, with two starts for Uruguay which included an assist against Venezuela and also winning a penalty.
Pellistri’s performances were lauded by the Uruguayan and the Spanish press, with comparisons even made to Lionel Messi.
The youngster hoped the international displays would be a springboard for a breakthrough at Alaves, who appointed a new coach at the end of December.
Quoted by AS, Pellistri said: “Now I don’t have many minutes at Alavés but I hope that these performances can help me to get the coach to give me more time. I will work every day in training to be prepared.”
Pellistri is not getting a chance
Sadly for Pellistri, his situation at Alaves has not changed. He continues to waste his time sitting on the bench.
At the weekend he was an unused substitute as Alaves drew 0-0 with Sevilla, a creditable result for the club, but one achieved without Pellistri.
Pellistri has played a total of five minutes since his Uruguay exploits. He missed one game due to an ankle injury, but has been in the matchday squad on four occasions, an unused substitute three times.
Alaves to be fair have seen a mini-upturn in form, with only one loss in the last four games, with two draws and a win.
But instead of settling for this, they should be utilising Pellistri while they can, a potential matchwinner, especially when they sit in 19th place in La Liga.
We wrote that United had let Pellistri down in the January transfer window by leaving the winger at Alaves. Even if it was Pellistri’s choice to stay, United should have made the decision for him, because it clearly wasn’t working there before, and certainly has not done since.
United had high hopes for Pellistri after his £7 million move from Penarol. But he faces a real long shot to make it work at Old Trafford based on his experience in Spain.
Pellistri has been wasting his time over the past month, when high in confidence after starring for Uruguay, he has played just five minutes of football.
Uruguay will name their squad shortly for their March World Cup qualifiers, and its unclear whether he will be involved, despite his success last time out.