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Graeme Souness singles out Argentina star for praise after ‘fabulous’ World Cup display

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Souness urges the top Premier League clubs to make a bid for Alexis Mac Allister before it’s too late.

Graeme Souness believes Alexis Mac Allister would easily fit into a top Premier League club if he leaves Brighton.

Mac Allister was a key element of Argentina’s squad as they secured their third World Cup title in Qatar. 

As Premier League clubs prepare for the January transfer window, Souness considers the Brighton star as a “risk-free” option for the elite clubs.

“The Premier League returns on Boxing Day and there will be a few coming back from the World Cup with their tails up, and some others in need of being picked up,” Souness told the Daily Mail.

“I bet there will be no player feeling more confident than Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister. It is very easy to focus on how fabulous Messi was for Argentina. But in the games I covered, Mac Allister was their best player.

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“The ball he played for their second goal in the final, for Angel Di Maria, was sublime. Messi put him away around the corner. He took one look, had a couple more touches and never looked again before squaring the most perfect pass for Di Maria to put it past Hugo Lloris. Wonderful.

“He’s a top-four player and the big guys will be looking at him now and thinking, “We’ll have some of that”. He has proven he can play at the highest level and has already done it in the Premier League.

“There is very little risk attached to this boy. He can create, score and works his socks off – that type of player, they are hard to find.

“At 23, Brighton won’t be able to keep him for long and good luck trying to negotiate a new contract. I’m just disappointed he’s not playing for Scotland with a name like that!”