It's no secret that Santos hasn't lived up to expectations for the Columbus Crew. Signed in the summer of 2017, Santos helped boosted us to a deep playoff run that year but after that 2018 was a subpar year for him. In 2018, Santos appeared in 33 matches in which he started in almost all of those games, only to put up 1 goals and 4 assists. And for a Designated Player that just simply isn't good enough, do not be surprised if the Crew downgrade him from his DP contract just like they did to Jonathan Mensah when he wasn't preforming.
Now you don't see Crew fans blasting Santos on social media because its not like he is worthless. Just because Santos doesn't show up on the stats sheet doesn't mean he is terrible. Santos is a very hard worker on the field, and uses his speed to get by defenders as he is both left and right footed. He has great vision and can dribble pretty well and put in some good crosses at times. So whats the problem? He can't finish, which is why his stats are very low. Santos can be the hardest worker on the field but the end product just never happens, which is frustrating because of the level of talent that Santos has.
Santos may be out of the starting lineup in 2019. Not only we have a new manager, but also the arrival of Brazilian winger Robinho may take Santos spot on the wings. In addition, it looks like it's maybe Niko Hansen's time to start as Niko had a tremendous 2018 season. Even if Caleb Porter starts with Santos on the wings in the start of the season, he is under more pressure than ever to preform. Will Santos get another chance in 2019? Or is his time up?