Since moving to FC Groningen on loan this autumn, the 19-year-old has recaptured his form. Pepi has scored six goals and chipped in an assist in eight appearances across all competitions for the Erdevisie outfit. He is essentially considered a shoe-in for US National team head-coach Gregg Berhalter's World Cup side.
While there is, at present, no reliable information as to whether the Dutch side have a purchase option built in to Pepi's loan-agreement, Romano argues that this essentially will not matter. A strong World Cup will undoubtably showcase the American's talent to the globe. One can most certainly expect a rise in the youngster's current estimated market worth of €9 million.
Ricardo Pepi will leave Augsburg in the summer. He’s performing well in Eredivisie — and many clubs are now watching him, he will change again in June. 🚨🇺🇸 #transfers— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) November 3, 2022
Pepi’s expected to be one of the youngest talents to be in the World Cup. pic.twitter.com/2LtA8iaQAD