Contract: Alexandru Mitrita of Universitea Craiova is apparently set to sign for NYCFC. As of today, February 1st, 2019, Mitrita is apparently in Manchester finalizing a deal with NYCFC that will cost up to 8.5 million dollars with 20% future add ons which could raise his stock to almost 10 million dollars, making him one of the most expensive players in Romanian soccer and MLS history. Also, he would be the second most expensive player on the team after Maxi, with Mitrita worth 1 million dollars for four years. This 100% means that he has to perform from the get go in front of an increasingly impatient fanbase. From what it sounds like, he is the best player in the Romanian first division, probably a stretch, but kind of like Pulisic with the United States. Mitrita is a winger/attack mid and has scored 22 goals in 45 appearances since signing for his current club a year and a half ago.
The Player: With little information about him, I'm reluctant that he's worth the money NYCFC are supposedly willing to spend. Especially since the Clubs first three Designated Players all came on free transfers and only one of them performed, I'm unsure about a Romanian guy who couldn't make the cut for Pescara in Italy could suddenly reach DP quality in MLS. Looking at his highlights, he might make a semi smooth transition into MLS. He's aggressive and is fully capable at taking on defenders and has a lethal right foot. Mostly coming off the left wing, I wouldn't be surprised if Mitrita played on the left, Tajouri-Shradi as the center forward and Medina on the right wing, but, we could see Medina drop back and there could be some variation of a 4-4-2 with a couple of playmakers in midfield.
Major League Soccer: Let's be totally honest about MLS though, the defending and goalkeeping isn't always good. NYCFC have made a lot of mistakes in their short history and have had bad defensive performances a lot, but still have the fourth best defensive record over the last two seasons. MLS does lack a certain intensity, only a handful of teams maintain good intensity in this league. Like I said, the defending and goalkeeping in this league isn't great and an extremely aggressive player like Mitrita could succeed. I'm honestly serious when I say he reminds me of Sebastian Giovinco, and at the raw age of 23, Mitrita could be the next good player.
Overall: I personally do not think he is worth the amount of money being offered, especially from a team that has been fairly reluctant to spend transfer fees, then you go out and potentially spend potentially up to 10 million dollars worth of money on an unknown. That kind of money obviously means he will be a Designated Player (DP). I think you should sign him on a lower transfer fee and a lower salary, and if he impresses in that first season, maybe season and a half, then you could boost him to the 1 million dollar salary. Maybe it's just me, but don't rush it with the next DP. I do think he'd ultimately do well in MLS though.