Why is Alejandro Garnacho not playing for Argentina?

Why is Alejandro Garnacho not playing for Argentina?

Eric Munene 16:57 - 27.06.2024

Like Chelsea fans, United fans lament over the lack of game time for Garnacho.

Since the commencement of the Copa America tournament this summer, all eyes have been on Argentina's rising star, Alejandro Garnacho.

The 19-year-old Manchester United talent has captured the imagination of fans and pundits alike with his electrifying performances in club football. However, his journey with the national team has yet to see him take the field in a competitive match.

Garnacho, a product of Manchester United's academy, has been named in Lionel Scaloni's squad for the prestigious tournament, showcasing the recognition of his exceptional talent.

Despite being on the bench for Argentina's victories over Canada and Chile, Garnacho has yet to make his debut appearance.

Manager Lionel Scaloni recently shed light on Garnacho's role within the squad, emphasizing the difficulty of breaking into a star-studded lineup that includes the likes of Julian Alvarez, Angel Di Maria, Lautaro Martinez, and the legendary Lionel Messi. "Breaking into the starting XI of the reigning world champions is not an easy task," Scaloni admitted, highlighting the intense competition for forward positions.

In a statement to the media, Scaloni explained the complexities behind Garnacho's lack of game time: "I need to put him in, someone else has to come out. It is very easy for you, but it is not easy for me to make that decision."

Scaloni praised Garnacho's potential impact, describing him as a player who brings freshness to the team dynamics.

As Argentina gears up for their final group match against Peru, Scaloni hinted at changes in the lineup, suggesting that Garnacho and fellow youngster Valentin Carboni could feature prominently. "The boys who didn’t play these games are going to play because I need to see them and they deserve them."

Scaloni affirmed, signaling a potential opportunity for Garnacho to showcase his skills on the international stage.

Garnacho's inclusion in the squad is seen as a testament to his rapid development and promise in the world of football.

His patience and perseverance could soon be rewarded with a chance to make a significant impact for Argentina, as they continue their quest for Copa America glory.