Selection: the midfielders who are indisputable for Scaloni are shaken when they are in Europe
By Paul-Paredes-Lo Celso. Since that victory against Qatar in the 2019 Copa América, an almost foundational match for the development of the Lionel Scaloni, the Argentine team defined its starting midfield, which it maintains until today. The coach’s confidence in this trio solidified the backbone of his squad, a confidence that was returned with the title of the Copa America 2021 at the Maracana. Nicholas Dominguez, Guido Rodriguez Y Exequiel Palacios, respectively, are presented as their main relays.
There is a paradox: while the trident is indisputable for the technical director, they do not enjoy the same continuity in their clubs. Of three, only De Paul, after a brief adaptation period at Atlético de Madrid, enjoy constant minutes: he is one of the most consistent players on a team that is performing below expectations.
From Leandro ParedesFor his part, it was always expected that he would have a difficult challenge for minutes at PSG. In the past transfer market, the Parisian team added Georginio Wijnaldum to the rotation of a crowded midfield, which also includes Danilo Pereira, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Marco Verratti and Ander Herrera: the last two have been more favored by the elections of Mauricio Pochettino. As a consequence, since his return from the national team after the 0-0 draw against Brazil, Paredes he played just 429 minutes spread over 10 games, of which he was only a starter in 5. In fact, the former Boca has not completed 90 minutes of a game since the 2-1 defeat against Manchester City in the Champions League on November 24.
The situation of Young Lo Celso is even more critical than that of Paredes. The former Rosario Central footballer is going through his most difficult season at Tottenham Hotspur. The started playing out of position and starting from the right under the orders of Nuno Espírito Santo, but that could not even be channeled after the appointment of Antonio Conte as his successor. Between his physical problems and the lack of consideration of the Italian coach, Lo Celso He has only played 41 minutes in the Premier League since his appointment on November 2. He was only able to start in the League Cup games against Chelsea (1-0 loss) and FA Cup games against third-tier Morecambe (3-1 win, with his assist on the third goal). It would seem imperative to find a new destination for him, either in this market or the next. Yesterday, at least, he was able to play the last fifteen minutes in the agonizing victory over Leicester by 3-2.
His relays also live a disparate present. Exequiel Palacios He carries a back injury and will not be part of the next list, but even before his discharge his minutes at Bayer Leverkusen were irregular; since that draw in San Juan against Brazil he alternated starts and appearances from the bench in the Bundesliga and Europa League, reaching just three games. In case of Nicholas Dominguez in Bologna it is the reverse: undisputed starter in the team led by Siniša Mihajlović, Accumulate only 32 minutes in all of 2021 with the selected; Nor does it integrate the payroll. Part of this situation is explained by his transformation from a midfielder with a lot of arrival in the area into a brand double 5, which forces him to compete for a position with Guido Rodriguez, maybe the steering wheel of the selection that is having the best performance this season, at Betis.
With the team already qualified for the World Cup in Qatar, the next double date of the Qualifiers could then offer new opportunities for other players who have historically been on the sidelines of Scaloni’s lists, particularly to make up for the deficit in the zone of play creation. Emiliano Buendia made a place for himself in several calls over the past year, without making his debut, but his excellent form at Aston Villa since Steven Gerrard’s arrival He leaves the club in a good position to add minutes in the next games. The same goes for Alexis Mac Allister, who finally won the trust of DT Graham Potter in Brighton, and revalidated it with very good performances in a string of games that includes two draws against Chelsea, the last European champion, and wins against Brentford and Everton (where he scored a brace). Manuel Lanzini, who also managed to make a place for himself in West Ham’s starting squad, is another playmaker who is showing great form in the Premier League, but the coach did not consider him for the next matches due to the form of the other two players.
Regardless, the midfield trio are highly unlikely to break up any time soon. De Paul, Paredes and Lo Celso have proven to provide defensive balance, output and a good connection with the attack playing together, regardless of their performance in their respective leagues. However, it is clear that adding more filming would benefit them and the team, either at their current clubs or by forcing transfers, to arrive in the best possible conditions for the World Cup. And both this FIFA date and the one in March will also be an unbeatable opportunity for try alternatives that increase the payroll of players with which Scaloni could count for November. when peak time arrives.