Whether for his club or for his country, Alejandro Garnacho is showing why he’s one of football’s next big things.
After a breakout season in Manchester United’s academy in which he made his first-team debut, won the club’s highly-regarded Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award and led our under-18 side to the club’s first FA Youth Cup victory since 2011, he has now added to this with accolades on the international stage.
Alejandro Garnacho has won the Revelation of the Tournament and Goal of the Tournament awards at the prestigious Maurice Revello tournament, where he represented Argentina.
Since switching allegiances to Argentina from Spain, Garnacho has been in and around the setup, even being called up to train with Argentina’s first team, who were victorious at last year’s Copa America.
It is clearly not just at his club where he is highly regarded – he is a key player for his nation’s under-20 side aged just 17, and is seemingly being groomed to become a key player for the first team in the next couple of years.
Garnacho scored four goals in as many games in this tournament with a winning goal vs Panama, an excellent solo goal against Japan in a 3-2 win and Argentina’s only two goals in a 6-2 loss to France. It is difficult to blame an attacker when he scores two goals in a loss, and it was Garnacho’s first goal which won the Goal of the Tournament award.
From around 30 yards out, the Argentine stepped up and curled in a free kick of such quality that both Cristiano Ronaldo and United legend David Beckham would be proud. A worthy winner of the award for certain.
His goals and all round performances for the Albiceleste saw him pick up the Revelation of the Tournament award, which will only add to what is a growing list of honours that the 17-year-old holds.
Garnacho has worked incredibly hard all season and is showing such strong potential at a remarkably young age.
Despite playing in a position which Manchester United are currently stacked in on the left side of attack, he is giving the club more and more reasons to give him what would be a deserved shot in the first-team, especially if Marcus Rashford is unable to rediscover his best form. It will be worth keeping an eye on Garnacho throughout pre-season.
The club are strongly considering tying the Argentine down to a long-term contract, and with all he has done this season it is easy to see why. Alejandro Garnacho is a superstar in the making, and these two awards only add further fuel to his fire that is burning through football’s youth levels.
Should he set the big stages alight in the next couple of seasons remains to be seen, but at his current rate you can’t bet against him.