With the transfer window soon opening up, NYCFC need a couple BIG signings if they want to keep their Supporters Shield push into the Fall, and a deep playoff run which might be easier with a one off format.
In defense and goal, NYCFC do not need any changes whatsoever. Our back line has been good enough over the last few years, but a handful of defensive errors near the end of 2018 need to be addressed, but mainly the back line of Matarrita, Callens, Chanot, and Tinnerholm sitting in front of Johnson is good, with Ibeagha and Sweat as reasonable back up. So maybe a bit more out of Cedric Hountondji, Joe Scally, and the back up goal keepers and we're good. Even James Sands can slide in as center back, and he seems comfortable in possession and aggressive defensively.
In midfield, NYCFC have signed Tony Rocha from Orlando City in exchange for a 4th Round pick in the MLS SuperDraft which leaves NYCFC at five central midfielders including James Sands. I'm not sure the exact style of play for Danny Bedoya or Tony Rocha (most likely a holding mid), but James Sands can be a like for like switch for Alex Ring. My biggest issue with NYCFC was not having a like for like back up to Yangel Herrera who missed about four months due to an injury he picked up in late May at Houston. NYCFC need a box to box midfielder, and I'm afraid NYCFC do not have one at their disposal which means Domenec Torrent, Claudio Reyna, and new CEO Brad Sims need to address this. Additionally, NYCFC need a back up to Maxi Moralez who is in his early 30s, and cannot carry the attack on his own. Whether that's making Jesus Medina a central midfielder, or whatever Danny Bedoya does, I'm anxious for NYCFC to make midfield signings.
Finally in attack, NYCFC need to fill the void that David Villa will be leaving. Statistically, NYCFC were good in 2018 without Villa, maintaining a record of 7-3-2 (W-D-L), and eight of those games were under Torrent. In that time without Villa, many players, including Medina, Maxi, and Berget seemed to be better players so maybe we can see what happens there. Taty Castellanos and Jonathan Lewis look like good back up, with Medina having tons of potential, and hopefully Tajouri-Shradi can continue his form from last year, where he scored 11 goals and got 3 assists in 27 appearances, and 10 of his goals came in his 18 starts. Like I said, Berget seemed to be a better play without David Villa, but Berget joined NYCFC injured and picked up two injuries over the summer, so if I were Torrent, I would not put my money on him as the starting striker. He also only scored four goals, where he was tied fifth highest scoring player alongside former Malmo teammate and right back Anton Tinnerholm. For me, the best kind of striker would be a Jozy Altidore eske kind of signing. I'm not a fan of the heavily overrated Jozy Altidore, but a striker who uses his size and strength to try and win possession would be good.
Recap, for me, NYCFC need to sign one or two box to box midfielder, maybe a Maxi back up, and a striker.
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