No one at Manchester City has a higher goals-per-minute ratio than Julian Alvarez, with the exception of Erling Haaland. In fact, Haaland is the only player who has played in more than 10 league games and scored more goals than Alvarez in all matches.
Alvarez is City’s second-most influential goalscorer, ranks sixteenth in Premier League appearances, and has only started eight of 32 games in England’s premier league. He has played fewer minutes than Joao Cancelo, who left City for Bayern Munich on loan in mid-January and has not played since.
In his first European season, the Argentine striker proved to be a highly effective and well-suited player for Pep Guardiola’s system. However, despite his remarkable output and labor capacity, he frequently sits on the bench.
He needs to play more this season for a player of his caliber, at the pinnacle of his career at age 23, and a recent World Cup champion.
Not just a goal
Guardiola was very interested in Alvarez’s other attributes after the game, despite the fact that goals and penalty kicks are a great way to get his attention.
“Not only goals and penalties but also the dynamism of pressure,” Guardiola remarked. “It’s the way he controls the ball and his vision that makes him a special player, not just his ability to score. He knows precisely where the other participants are, their movements, and all of his own actions.”
Opta validated Guardiola’s assertions. In addition to 11 hair pulls and 32 runs off the ball, Alvarez applied 43 pressures during the contest, the most of any player.
Competition is excessive
At any other Premier League club, Alvarez would be a lock for the starting lineup. However, he is competing with Haaland, who scored his 50th goal of the season on Sunday, becoming the first English football player since 1931 to reach this milestone.
Alvarez’s primary obstacle to a starting position is Haaland, and based on his current form, the Norwegian is not an obstacle that Alvarez can easily overcome, but rather a 50-meter wall.
Prior to that, Alvarez started the Premier League match against Liverpool due to Haaland’s ιnjᴜry, and he also started the away match against Fulham when Haaland entered the game as a substitute and scored the game-winning goal. the match against Leicester, where the Norwegian was again absent due to a minor ιnjᴜry, and the match against Leicester before that.
Kevin De Bruyne is the other player he competes with for a starting position. In TгᴜтҺ, Alvarez has benefited more from De Bruyne’s absence than Haaland, having started in five games when the Belgian was injured, including Sunday’s victory over Fulham. or relax.
You can’t help but feel sorry for Alvarez, who must compete with the most well-known striker in the English Premier League and one of the greatest playmakers in tournament history.
The Haaland – Alvarez pairing is a formidable force
After Alvarez helped City defeat Fulham, Guardiola referred to his pairing of Alvarez and Haaland as a “powerful weapon.” But it is a weapon Guardiola has rarely employed.
After Alvarez’s outstanding World Cup performance, in which he scored five goals to help Argentina defeat Qatar, the coach was naturally asked if he was merited to play alongside Haaland.
“Yes, it is possible. Guardiola replied, “The ball goes there, and your two strikers will score.” “However, in order to create these opportunities, the process must be followed, and sometimes other types of players are required.”
However, the outcomes of this combination speak for themselves. Man City have won seven of the nine matches in which Haaland and Alvarez have started together in all competitions, drawn once (0-0 against Borussia Dortmund), and lost once (1-0 against Tottenham). Haaland has tallied eleven goals in these contests, while Alvarez has scored eight. City has scored a total of 30 goals, defeating Nottingham Forest and Burnley by a score of 6-0, FC Copenhagen by a score of 5-0, and Bournemouth by a score of 4-1.
Perhaps Guardiola ought to use this “weapon” more often.
Alvarez is outstanding and should not be excluded
This has only occurred once when De Bruyne, Haaland, and Alvarez all started at the same time. Burnley was defeated 6-0, with Haaland scoring a hat Тгick, Alvarez scoring two goals and providing an assist, and De Bruyne contributing two assists.
Burnley, despite being only a гιᴠal in the English First Division, had a remarkable season under the direction of Vincent Kompany and earned a promotion to the Premier League seven games early, becoming the quickest team to do so. Tournament background.
Since then, the three have not started together, but Alvarez’s recent performance may cause Guardiola to reconsider. He may have also concluded that Alvarez is too brilliant to be ignored any longer.
Guardiola remarked, “If you play most of the games to win the world championship with Argentina, where there are thousands and мιIlιons of special players, you must have something special.”
“He helped me realize that in the future I may need to make adjustments so that both of him can begin. In difficult contests against five-player defenses, this will be crucial.”
It’s time for Pep to invent once more
Guardiola is constantly at the vanguard of developing innovative tactics. Consider how he has recently shattered City’s defense by substituting Nathan Ake and John Stones for Cancelo and Kyle Walker.
Now he must examine the team’s ɑttɑϲk and find a method for the “unique” player he describes to contribute to the team. Alvarez is at the pinnacle of his career and must seize this opportunity to leave his mark on football. He is also a winner for his team, which he must utilize to the greatest extent possible.
He may be searching for a team where he will start every week, but he committed to City in March by signing a new contract. Guardiola must now reward the player for his commitment off the field by allowing him to take more shots on the pitch.
Haaland was the only player he could locate who ran more and scored more goals than he did.