Better than De Bruyne and Salah: This United teenager is putting superstars to shame in this department

Even though Manchester United has had a difficult season, there has been one bright spot—the abundance of young players who have made an impression on the field. Alejandro Garnacho, a winger, is one of the rising talents who has undoubtedly demonstrated his potential. The teenager has had a difficult few weeks, as evidenced by his inability to contribute to last night's 3-2 victory over Newcastle United. Overall though, the 19-year-old's season has gone well, and he has demonstrated why Erik ten Hag should start him in the starting lineup. Garnacho has contributed five assists and nine goals in all competitions, and he has been a key player in several pivotal Man United victories.

Even though Manchester United has had a difficult season, there has been one bright spot—the abundance of young players who have made an impression on the field. Alejandro Garnacho, a winger, is one of the rising talents who has undoubtedly demonstrated his potential.

The teenager has had a difficult few weeks, as evidenced by his inability to contribute to last night’s 3-2 victory over Newcastle United.

Overall though, the 19-year-old’s season has gone well, and he has demonstrated why Erik ten Hag should start him in the starting lineup. Garnacho has contributed five assists and nine goals in all competitions, and he has been a key player in several pivotal Man United victories.

Garnacho’s first Premier League goal of the current season was a memorable overhead kick that helped United defeat Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park, despite the player’s poor start to the season.

He not only scored twice in United’s thrilling 3-2 victory over Aston Villa in the closing minutes, but also twice in their smashing 3-0 victory over West Ham United at Old Trafford.

This season, Garnacho may have contributed the most goals with his assist in United’s 4-3 overtime win over Liverpool in the FA Cup quarterfinal. United’s fierce rivals Manchester City will now play United in the FA Cup final on May 25.

Although the Argentine has shown his value by showing up on the assists and scoring sheets, his underlying statistics may be even more striking.

Garnacho leads one Opta Analyst Premier League stats table across many metrics with one game remaining.

According to Opta Analyst’s carrying rankings, which indicate a player’s productivity during a carry, Garnacho has become the most effective player. This occurs when a player advances the ball five meters or more while holding onto it.

Even though Garnacho only averages 19 carries per 90 minutes—quite low on the list—he is the Premier League’s most productive carrier in terms of the final product he produces.

Garnacho leads all players in this metric since 46% of his carries result in a shot. This demonstrates the Argentine’s exceptional ball-retention and possession skills, even surpassing those of players like Mohamed Salah and Kevin de Bruyne.

At 69%, Garnacho is the best player in the Premier League when it comes to total chance creation. Shots, crucial passes, final goals, and assists are all included in this measurement.

Putting that aside, the Argentine has established himself as one of the most effective offensive players in the league.

With a rating of 5.07, Garnacho is ranked 13th overall in terms of offensive contributions. This measure includes both open play opportunities and non-penalty shots. To date, Garnacho has outperformed players such as Son Heung-Min, Julian Alvarez, Erling Haaland, and even United captain Bruno Fernandes.

In the end, these figures demonstrate how effective Garnacho has been this year, continuously applying pressure to opposition defenses in an effort to score or at least assist. He has undoubtedly established himself as one of United’s best attacking talents this season, despite the fact that his form may have recently declined. Going into the upcoming season, United has a clinical attacker on their hands with the appropriate management.

 

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