Julian Alvarez has taken his game to a new level in Kevin De Bruyne’s absence

With Kevin De Bruyne out until the New Year with a hamstring injury, Manchester City needed someone to step in and fill the void. So far this season Julian Alvarez has taken his game to a new level.

City’s Argentinean World Cup winner has seized his opportunity for more minutes so far this season. Playing just behind Erling Haaland up front in Pep Guardiola’s starting lineup has suited Alvarez’s game. He has become one of the champion’s key contributors in the early part of the season.

Alvarez has contributed in 8 goals so far this season for City. Alvarez has registered 4 goals and 4 assists in his 8 appearances thus far. More opportunities for Alvarez have seen his game develop rapidly.

Against Red Star Belgrade Julian Alvarez put in another man-of-the-match display. He scored twice as his skill and movement were too much for the Serbian champion’s defence to handle. His movement all over the pitch created space for his teammates, on another day City may have scored a hatful. But on this occasion, Alvarez cashed in for a brace.

The partnership he is developing with Erling Haaland is also continuing to blossom. Haaland provided Alvarez’s first goal with a pinpoint pass for the Argentinean to round the Red Star keeper to tap in. The goal was crucial in City’s second-half domination of the stubborn Serbian side.

Alvarez has stepped up for the treble winners when needed this season. His energy and work rate are also valuable weapons for Manchester City on top of the technical ability he has in his game.

The start of the season by Julian Alvarez has been the silver lining to Kevin De Bruyne’s long-term injury. Julian Alvarez has seized the opportunity with both hands.

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