Manchester United’s want for a proper winger has been clear for a while and whereas they’ve missed out on prime goal Jadon Sancho this summer season, it seems they’ve landed a prime prospect in that place.
Uruguayan winger Facundo Pellistri has joined United after a deal was agreed together with his Uruguayan membership Penarol.
Beforehand linked with a transfer to Manchester Metropolis , Pellistri is very regarded in South American footballing circles, tipped to observe within the footsteps of countrymen Edinson Cavani, who can also be arriving at Outdated Trafford, and Luis Suarez in proving himself on the prime of the game.
Pellistri is a winger who’s most comfy on the fitting aspect of the pitch and so he’ll give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer one thing he doesn’t at the moment have if concerned within the senior set-up.
However the teenager isn’t a standard winger in the best way he performs the sport. He isn’t one for bursting to the byline and stretching the pitch in a matter of seconds regardless that he has tempo.
As a substitute, the Uruguayan is a artistic extensive man main some to recommend his long run future is likely to be as a quantity 10 reasonably than out extensive.
Pellistri is an efficient passer and is difficult with the ball at his ft, averaging 7.86 dribbles per 90 with a powerful success charge of 50 per cent for Penarol final season.
As a aptitude participant, Pellistri generally is a reasonably irritating determine, however the teenager’s decision-making will certainly enhance as he matures.
He nonetheless has the bodily presence of a youngster and should bulk up to deal with the calls for of the Premier League.
He may even must refine his ultimate ball if he’s to actually flourish in English soccer. To this point, Pellistri has charted an Anticipated Help (xA) complete of simply 2.four which ties in together with his unremarkable return of simply three assists.
These type of numbers, even for a younger participant, gained’t be tolerated at a membership like Manchester United.
This summer season, United focused a brand new proper winger to ease a number of the burden on Mason Greenwood in that place.
The arrival of Sancho would have allowed Solskjaer to rotate between the 2 with out a lot concern of a drop in high quality. Pellistri gained’t assist the Reds a lot on this regard.
Manchester United have already got one uncooked, unpolished winger who struggles together with his ultimate ball in Daniel James. Solskjaer wants somebody who can fill that place now.
For all that Pellistri is an thrilling younger prospect, he isn’t that participant. He isn’t a lot compensation for the failure to signal Sancho. Not proper now, anyway.
Nonetheless, former Manchester United ahead Diego Forlan is satisfied of Pellistri’s skill.
“Pellistri has enormous potential,” he mentioned. “There may be nonetheless rather a lot to work on. He’s rising and he makes the distinction. We all know it is going to be troublesome to maintain him for a very long time. He has nice tempo and that’s laborious to deal with.”
Pellistri was one of many breakout stars of the 2020 Copa Libertadores. That Manchester United recognized him as a goal signifies their scouting community has expanded over the previous few years, with Actual Madrid additionally credited with an curiosity within the Uruguayan teenager via the identical scout (Juni Calafat) that unearthed Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior.
The Reds have put a number of effort into figuring out and signing gifted younger gamers from across the recreation – see Marc Jurado, Alvaro Fernandez and Joe Hugill, to call a couple of – beneath the radar and Pellistri’s arrival ties in with this.
He has been signed for what he might be sooner or later reasonably than what he’s now.