WATCH Brighton and Hove Albion's Alexis Mac Allister score a stunning goal for Argentina under-23s

Albion midfielder Alexis Mac Allister continues to inspire Argentina under-23s at the Olympic Games qualifying tournament.

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 5:36 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 6:19 pm
Brighton's Alexis Mac Allister scored twice for Argentina under-23s against Uruguay

Mac Allister scored twice for Argentina's young guns during a 3-2 win against Uruguay on Monday and is the leading scorer in the tournament following his two goals against Colombia and Ecuador earlier in the campaign.

The 21-year-old was recalled by Albion from his loan spell with Boca Juniors last Friday and opened the scoring after 18 minutes with a stylish free-kick before doubling his account from long range in the second half.

Mac Allister is one of South America's brightest young talents and has now scored four goals in three games to leave Argentina one win from qualification for this summer’s Olympics in Tokyo.

Albion are believed to have paid Boca around £600,000 to secure his early release from a season long loan arrangement, having signed him for £7m from Argentinos Juniors last year.

Mac Allister will link up with Albion after the competition finishes on 9th February, and is expected to be available after the one-week break.

Albion head coach Graham Potter said, “We’re delighted to have Alexis with us for the rest of this season, having now been granted his work permit. He will give us another attacking option from midfield. He is creative and capable of scoring goals.

The attacking midfielder has been with Boca since the start of the season, making 19 appearances across the Argentina Super League and Copa Libertadores.

After joining Albion from Argentinos Juniors last January on a four-and-a-half year contract, Alexis returned to the Buenos Aires club on loan and scored two goals in his ten appearances.

He then joined city rivals Boca Juniors and was called-up by the Argentina national team for the first time in August 2019 and made his international debut as a second-half substitute in the 0-0 draw against Chile in Los Angeles.