Gary Neville fears Julian Alvarez is set to make a huge impact with Manchester City this season after hearing encouraging noises about him.
Gary Neville is concerned that Julian Alvarez will make a big impact for Manchester City this season after hearing good things about him.
City won the Premier League title last season, but have undergone significant changes this summer.
Fernandinho, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Raheem Sterling, and Gabriel Jesus have all left the club, and the latter three have joined Premier League rivals.
City, on the other hand, have made significant additions, with Erling Haaland and Kalvin Phillips joining Pep Guardiola’s squad.
Gary Neville fears Julian Alvarez impact
If there is one City signing that has gone unnoticed, it is that of Argentinian attacker Julian Alvarez.
City signed Alvarez in January but allowed him to stay with River Plate until this summer.
Alvarez, 22, rose through the ranks of River Plate before becoming a star for the Buenos Aires giants.
54 goals in 122 games for River was an impressive record, especially considering 42 of them came in his last 72 games for the club.
Alvarez quickly became one of the most sought-after players in South America, and City were eager to sign him.
Alvarez hasn’t quite attracted the attention of Haaland but he has already shown his goalscoring capabilities.
Last weekend at the King Power Stadium, the versatile attacker came off the bench to score against Liverpool.
It’s unlikely that Alvarez will overtake Haaland in the pecking order, but we could see a lot of him moving forward.
Gary Neville, a pundit and former Manchester United player, appears concerned after speaking about Alvarez ahead of the new Premier League season.
On The Overlap’s Fan Debate, Neville stated that he has heard from people all over City and Manchester that Alvarez will be ‘absolutely top class.’
Neville admitted that such a verdict is ‘scary’ and believes that City must have a talent on their hands if they were willing to let Raheem Sterling go in order to bring in Alvarez.
“The boy Alvarez, if you speak to people at City or around here, they reckon he’s going to be absolutely top class,” said Neville. “That scares me, because these people, to be fair, are knowledgeable, the ones that you speak to, and that’s the scary thing. So they let Sterling go because they think the boy Alvarez is going to be a top player,” he added.