Brentford’s Alcaraz Earns First Argentina Call-Up After Impressive Start

Alcaraz’s Rise at Brentford

Twenty-year-old midfielder Alcaraz made a significant impact at Brentford since his signing from Racing Club in January.

In his 30 appearances for the Saints, he has contributed five goals and two assists, showcasing his potential in the English Premier League.

His performances garnered interest from Crystal Palace and Everton during the January transfer window, but Southampton secured his services with a £12 million bid.

Racing Club’s Smart Negotiation

Racing Club, Alcaraz’s former club in Argentina, negotiated a 15 percent sell-on clause in his contract, ensuring they would benefit from any future transfers.

Brentford has been closely monitoring Alcaraz’s development in the Championship, indicating the midfielder’s promising trajectory.

Argentina Call-Up for Alcaraz

Alcaraz’s impressive start to the season culminated in a significant achievement. He received his first call-up to the senior Argentina national team.

As part of the 2022 World Cup-winning squad, he is set to represent his country in World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Peru on October 13 and October 18, respectively.

Versatile Midfielder’s Role at Brentford

While Brentford boasts a well-stocked midfield, Alcaraz offers versatility by also playing further up the pitch as an attacking midfielder or a false nine.

In these positions, the Bees have fewer options, especially with injuries affecting players like Mikkel Damsgaard, Kevin Schade, and Josh Dasilva.

Thomas Frank on Rasmus Hojlund

Meanwhile, Brentford’s head coach, Thomas Frank, is keeping an eye on the progress of Danish player Rasmus Hojlund, who has been performing well for Manchester United.

Hojlund recently scored two goals in a 3-2 Champions League match against Galatasaray.

Frank expressed his happiness for the fellow Dane’s success but emphasized the need to contain him when they face Manchester United.

Frank highlighted Hojlund’s speed and timing in his runs, making him a potent threat.

Brentford’s strategy will focus on minimizing the space for Hojlund to exploit, especially when he makes his runs.

Frank also provided an injury update, with defender Ben Mee being the closest to a return, as he recovers from a muscle injury.

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