Watch: Just how good will Julian Alvarez be for Man City?
Julian Alvarez is one of the most exciting editions to the Premier League this season and we’ve checked him out in our latest YouTube video to see what he could bring to Manchester City.
Plenty has been made of Erling Haaland’s move to Manchester, but he certainly shouldn’t overshadow the exciting arrival of Alvarez.
Manchester City completed the signing of Alvarez in January 2022, but he remained with his club River Plate for the remainder of the season.
Across 122 appearances for River Plate, the 22-year-old scored 54 goals and won six trophies.
Throughout his time in Argentina, the young forward has grabbed the headlines on plenty of occasions.
Earlier this year he scored six goals in one game against Peruvian side Alianza Lima to help River Plate finish top of Group F in the Copa Libertadores.
His best goalscoring season in Argentina came in 2021 when he scored 24 goals across all competitions. During this season, River Plate were crowned champions of the Argentine Primera Division and the Trofeo de Campeones.
As Alvarez has continued to go from strength to strength in the Argentine Primera Division, he has started to gain recognition from the national side too.
Argentina are currently being tipped as one of the favourites for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and Alvarez could have a key role to play.
At just 22 years old he has already racked up nine appearances for his country and he scored his first goal for Argentina in March 2022 against Ecuador.
His low centre of gravity means he can glide past defenders with ease and he is comfortable shooting off either foot.
He is capable of playing as a traditional No.9 or dropping into one of the wide positions on either side.
Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus have moved on from Manchester City this summer and so it wouldn’t be surprising to see Alvarez being utilised on the wing.
Time will tell on how Pep Guardiola plans to use Alvarez, but we can already tell he’s a special talent.