Alejandro Papu Gomez rumored to start for Argentina in World Cup qualifier


Alejandro Papu Gomez is rumored to start for Argentina against Bolivia on Thursday’s World Cup qualifier.

Papu Gomez could start for Argentina in place of Gio Lo Celso who was released from the squad. As we reported on Tuesday, all four of the Argentine players from the Premier League have left the squad and this means that there will be changes to the eleven from the last match.

With no Emiliano Martinez, Cristian Romero and Gio Lo Celso, coach Lionel Scaloni will reportedly go with Juan Musso, German Pezzella and one of Alejandro Papu Gomez or Nicolas Gonzalez. Per a report by ESPN, this is the rumored eleven:

Musso; Acuña, Pezzella, Otamendi, Montiel; Papu Gomez or Gonzalez, Paredes, De Paul, Di Maria; Messi and Lautaro Martinez.


  1. Papu is much slower compared to Lo Celso. Not the best replacement. But with few options in hand he might just be the right replacement. The team should forget all the events that have unfolded over the last few days when they get on to the pitch. Some of the Bolivian forwards can be show-stealers.

    • Papu is not slower, at all. He might even be faster. The key difference is defending and how deep the players go back to defend. GLC plays deeper and more central, vs Papu more advanced and can handle the wings (or central)

  2. Dybala has a long way to go. He’s been around for many years and so far his performance for Argentina has yet to show anything good.

    He had only one good game for Argentina which was Copa America 3rd place match of 2019 against Chile. Other than that, mostly he played below average. He is not in a good position to earn minutes for Argentina I think because he plays mainly for 2 positions where we have many good options/Scalonis’s favorite:
    1. right forward: There is Messi, Di Maria, Correa brothers.
    2. number 9: Lautaro, Aguero, Icardi, Alario. Those 4 originally ahead of Dybala based on the recent players selections. Remember Scaloni was supposed to call up Icardi before he injured himself. Roberto Ayala confirmed this.

    And NO Dybala cant play as left winger or playmaker.

    Dybala needs to have a super season for Juventus this season to earn 1/23 spot.

    • Dybala is a mystery in our national team shirt. Neither he was given enough chance nor he too utilized the chance he was given. But we can’t deny he got experience and little bit pressure handling capability in his side. But really how Julian Alvarez (hope he turn to be a very useful player for us in future) can have a place and not Dybala ? Also how Aguero can have a place if reason for omission of Dybala is fitness in copa america ? At least Dybala will be a very useful impact sub and also got the ability to shoot from long range. Dybala should be in the squad and we can use him in one half and Maria in one half. Also Dybala can shift to center which Di Maria can’t allowing Messi to operate in right. Scaloni is really disappointing in handling Dybala like most of our past coaches.

    • Dybala has been misused or/and underused for the NT. I think he’d do very well as a 9 or as part of an attacking 3 along side lio and Lautaro especially against teams that park the bus.
      It’s way too soon to give up on a talent like him IMO.

      • Want to see Dybala & Lisandro martinez in starting eleven
        My favourite Argentina team vs Bolivia
        Joaquin, Dybala, Messi
        De Paul, Parades,
        Acuna, Lisandro, Otamendi,molina

    • Really missed Dybala at Tokyo Olympic; he should have lead the Olympic games and at least be in the final, missed the opportunity. However, thanks to Scaloni for giving him a chance to join the N/T at WCQ; Dybala needs to score and prove his contribution

  3. “FIFA has informed clubs that the controversial ‘five-day rule’ will be imposed by the Brazilian FA, who are angry that players were withdrawn from the latest round of World Cup qualifiers.

    That would prevent eight players from five clubs from featuring in this round of domestic fixtures, although it has emerged that Everton forward Richarlison will be allowed to play this weekend, due to the Toffees’ strong relationship with the Brazilian federation. Richarlison was allowed to play for Brazil in the Olympic Games in Beijing earlier this summer.”

    Now You all know, why Argentine players were stopped to play.

    • Lets hope that’s a premonition for things to happen in ARG’s favor and not the other way around.
      Let them take out their frustrations on the Brits and their league and not ARG.

  4. I like papu on the left over anyone except for lo celso.
    My problem is that we have not started implementing dybala into our team. The work cup is about 14 months away and dybala hasn’t seen much time yet.

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