Alexis Mac Allister believes he showed another side of his game on his big international night.

The Albion attacking midfielder made his first start for his country as they beat Mexico 4-0 in a friendly in the early hours of Wednesday, our time.

Mac Allister, who is on a season-long loan at Boca Juniors, did not score in the first-half goal rush which saw Argentina four up by the break.

Most of that glory when to Internazionale striker Lautaro Martinez , who completed a 22-minute hat-trick and forced a penalty.

The role for Mac Allister was more one of ball-winner as his team packed midfield and looked to counter

And he reckons he carried out the orders of coach Lionel Scaloni to a high level.

That can only be good news for Albion, who appear to have pulled off a coup in signing Mac Allister, whether it ends up being as someone to play for them or be sold on at a profit.

Mac Allister said: “In today’s football you have to adapt to different positions.

“This time I played there, with Boca I’ve been playing on the left.

”But, when I arrived at Boca, I said that there or playing for the national team I would have no problem chasing back.

“If I have to do it to help the team, I’ll do it.

“The plan worked because we were very effective.

“We knew they are a good team and they would have a lot of possession and we would have to get out and attack quickly and that is what happened.”

The two-match trip to the USA, including friendly fixtures against Chile in Los Angeles and Mexico in San Antonio, has given a few new faces a chance to show what they can do.

Absentees from the trip included Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria.

Gio Lo Celso left halfway through due to the injury which could rule him out of Tottenham’s trip to the Amex on October 5.

Mac Allister’s inclusion has widely been seen as what can happen to a young Argentinian player once he moves to Boca.

He previously impressed in his domestic league for lowly Argentinos Juniors, to the point that Albion picked him up as one for the near to medium term future last January.

But the loan move to La Bombonera raised his profile to a whole new level.

He is off to a promising start with the Buenos Aires giants.

The key now will be maintaining that form and keeping his national squad place for competitive fixtures.

Friendly appearances for Argentina will not directly help Mac Allister secure a work permit for the UK.

But they are a step towards making the team for competitive fixtures.

International status also increases his value on the transfer market.

He said: “The most important thing for me was to get minutes.

“The Argentina national team isn’t for just anybody.

“Obviously I go home happy and wanting to return.”

Mac Allister recognises a lot has happened very quickly for him in recent months.

But dad Carlos, a former Boca and Argentina defender, is helping him through.

He added: “I’m taking it all very calmly.

“I listen to my dad’s advice. What I’m doing is making him happy and that is important.

“I spoke to him for a few minutes after the match but it was late.”

Mac Allister has been a regular starter for Boca in cup games.

He scored the winner in the Copa Libertadores when they won away to Brazilian side Athletico Paranaense but was among those who failed in a shoot out during a shock exit to Almagro in the domestic knockout.

The big breakthrough into the league side came last time out when he started a 0-0 draw at River Plate.

Boca and River are preparing to meet again in what many in South America dreaded - a two-leg Libertadores semi-final between the bitter enemies.

Any time is a good time to ask about that.

Even the mixed zone after an international.

“My next concern will be when we play Estudiantes,” he said with reference to the next league game.

“Then we will see.

“All I know is I am ready to give everything for club and country.”