Who knows, if Real Madrid had Julian Alvarez in their ranks, a 0-0 draw against Villarreal could have turned into a 1-0 win and a humiliating home loss to Champions League minnows FC Sheriff , could have become a narrow escape.
That’s because River Plate number nine is the kind of player who could find a needle in a haystack ten miles away, a stealth picker who could break into the Tower of London and steal the Crown Jewels. before you can blink.
In ten league games, Alvarez has five goals and four assists to his name.
The 5-foot-7 forward may have played a supporting role in Argentina’s Copa America victory this summer, but if he maintains his current form it is only a matter of time before he joined Leo Messi and co on Lionel Scaloni’s squad sheet.
And if Los Blancos have followed his development closely, it surely won’t be long before Los Blancos are back on the blower.
“Madrid couldn’t sign him because he was a minor,” says Piero Foglia, an esteemed South American talent scout, recalling when Alvarez was denied a dream transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu ten years ago.
“We had to wait until he was 16 and when we traveled (to Madrid) he was only 11,
“Alvarez was the top scorer (in a youth tournament on Spanish soil) and would have signed for Real if his age had allowed him. On his return from Madrid, Boca Juniors wanted him, River (Plate) wanted him. He chose to go to River.
How far can Aston Villa and Real Madrid target Julian Alvarez?
Ten years later, Alvarez is once again making a splash on this side of the Atlantic.
AC Milan and Ajax have both been linked while, according to Athleticism, Aston Villa have shown interest in taking £ 22million-valued Alvarez to the Premier League in the summer transfer window.
And while some supporters may have doubted the 21-year-old would have the ability to fill a Jack Grealish-shaped void in Villa’s frontline – he’s not exactly a household name on UK shores – the stats speak for themselves.
According to InfoBae, no one under the age of 21 has produced more assists this season than Alvarez. Not only in South America, but also in all of world football.
This list, in case you’re interested, includes Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho, Joao Felix, and the creepy Vinicius Jr.
And lest you rush to belittle the quality of Argentina’s Premier League, it’s a more physical and ruthless league than most.
Still, Alvarez continues to float through the carefree games in the world, much like the 11-year-old prodigy who captured Real Madrid’s hearts ten years ago.
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