Why Pellistri move was best of both worlds
Facundo Pellistri’s spell at Alaves in Spain has only enhanced the feeling that the winger will prove to be a shrewd signing, as his loan was an outstanding success.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided the best plan in January was to send him out on loan to gain more senior experience and he flourished in La Liga, helping Alaves retain their top-flight status and showing the skills that alerted United to his undoubted ability.
In total, he made 12 appearances for his loan club and made a very favourable impression.
“At the time, he was still 19, may have just touched 19, so he’s done tremendously well. At 19 [his birthday was on 20 December], to play in La Liga, hold his own and excel is amazing.
“The chap there, our link, used to send me all the press cuttings and bits and bobs about him. He did really, really well.
Many pundits felt moving directly from Uruguayan football was going to be a challenge for Pellistri, but he has embraced that challenge and thrived in the environment in Spain, with La Liga closer to the nature of the Premier League.
“I think that was the thinking of the manager,” explained Parry. “We were sort of considering the language a bit as well, as he was still learning to speak English but, while he was out there, he was speaking Spanish and also learning English as well. So we’re getting the best of both worlds – a player playing at the highest level at an early age, who is learning our language as well for when he comes over here.”