Julian Alvarez officially debuted for Manchester City during the international friendly with Mexican side Club America. And the Argentine did not fail to impress either.
Man City’s dreams of European silverware have been behind the club’s current squad overhaul, which meant the sale of the club’s most loyal players like Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.
Julian Alvarez is arguably one of the best strikers on the South American continent, where he consistently hits double figures with River Plate.
But what should we expect from the Argentine forward when it is only a friendly?
Man City’s signing of Julian Alvarez makes a lot of sense because the club had lacked consistent goal scorers in the attack since Sergio Agüero.
Striker with a defensive mindset
Alvarez was impressive and could be compared with Gabriel Jesus. But what could make a difference is the level of consistency in front of the goal. He also plays a bit of an aggressive style that is well suitable for him.
Top class player for the future
Since Agüero’s departure, Man City have struggled to replace the void. However, Pep Guardiola had relied on his midfielders; the goals were nowhere to be found.
Some tweaks and experiment did work but they meant putting Man City on the edge, most especially during decisive games like the final Premier League showdown with Aston Villa.
A new attack option for Man City
The arrival of Julian Alvarez may result in the adoption of a new formation that could see a front two consisting of Haaland and the Argentine. Although this is unlikely to be a reality, the Spanish manager still has more options to choose from.
Julian can be played from the wings. That would only mean when Pep Guardiola decides to play a lone forward like Haaland.
Julian Alvarez’s record at River Plate and what he could bring to Man City
A lot more is expected from Alvarez. The 22-year-old has the potential. Only he needs time to adapt. During his five-year stay at River Plate, he won the Copa Libertadores, the Argentine Primera División and the Recopa Sudamericana.