Facundo Pellistri gets another international call-up for Uruguay despite lack of action at Alaves

Manchester United loanee Facundo Pellistri has been given another international call-up for Uruguay.

Spanish side Alaves confirmed Pellistri’s call on their official website. The winger will represent his country in the June friendly matches against Mexico, USA, and Jamaica.

The call will come as a big relief to the 20-year-old after a forgettable few months.

In the last four months, Pellistri has played just 71 minutes for Alaves, across four substitute appearances.

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Pellistri gets another international call-up

Alaves have just been relegated from La Liga after finishing bottom. They are onto their third manager of the season, with a recent managerial change failing to change Pellistri’s fortunes.

He is absolved of Alaves’ poor performance, having been given only six starts all season, and none in 2022.

This is despite excellent international performances, with his initial call-up coming as a real surprise in January.

For his country, Pellistri has seized his chance, playing an important role in helping Uruguay to seal World Cup qualification, grabbing an assist in a win over Venezuela and also winning a penalty, after earning a positive reception on his debut. He has three caps so far.

Based on his previous Uruguay performances, Pellistri’s call-up is fully deserved, and the upcoming games can help him to secure his spot in his manager’s plans for Qatar, irrespective of what happens at club level.

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We wrote how United led Pellistri down at the end of the transfer window in January by leaving him at Alaves, who weren’t using him. Keeping him seemed negligent, and his lack of game time has backed that up.

Pellistri will at least be fresh for Uruguay’s international games, before a short break, and then linking back up with Manchester United for pre-season.

The winger spoke recently about a desire to impress Erik ten Hag, although admitted to ESPN South America that he does expect he will probably be sent out on loan again.

An extra year at a club which is not battling relegation like Alaves could work, but United have to choose wisely.

Strong performances on international duty for Uruguay in June should open up more opportunities for him next season.

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