Facundo Pellistri substituted at half-time as miserable Alaves spell continues

When conversations at Manchester United turned to loaning Facundo Pellistri in the summer, there was only one destination.

Pellistri, 19, was keen to rejoin Deportivo Alaves in Spain, where he spent the second half of last season.

While it wasn’t an overwhelming success first time around, he helped the side avoid relegation, and two key points mattered: Alaves wanted Pellistri back, and Pellistri wanted to go back.

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Second loan spell not going great

Pellistri has started six games for Alaves in La Liga this season, appearing nine times as a substitute.

He has no goals and no assists, while his side sit down in 17th out of 20 teams in the table, set for another relegation fight.

The problem for Pellistri is he sees very little of the ball in Alaves’ system. The team are averaging the 17th lowest possession rate in La Liga and rank 20th for completed passes from open play, per FBRef.com.

Pellistri is averaging just seven completed passes per appearance, per WhoScored.com as he struggles to get involved for a team which is failing to assert themselves.

Another disappointing weekend

Pellistri was substituted at half-time as Alaves drew 1-1 a home to relegation rivals Getafe on Saturday.

The Uruguayan managed only 23 touches, completing eight passes. He did not attempt a shot at goal or create a pass.

Alaves had trailed 1-0 at half-time before former Newcastle striker Joselu scored a 86th minute equaliser.

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Pellistri ready for new start

Pellistri appeared to suggest he was braced for Manchester United to recall him in January, possibly with a view to moving elsewhere.

The £8 million signing from Penarol told The Guardian in earlier this month: “There’s a clause where if I don’t play a certain number of minutes, they can take me back [unliterally], and mathematically I can’t reach that even if I play every minute until January.”

United recalled or re-assigned new clubs for four loan players last January, and Pellistri looks a prime candidate for a fresh start in 2022.

His loan spell at Alaves is achieving nothing, and a change of scenery for a side which enjoys more possession and wins games regularly, will be in his best interests.

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