NYCFC have been linked with various players and have signed a few guys throughout January, and a specific striker is rumored to be homesick. Despite a week left of the first month of 2019 to go, here is a recap of all rumors/reports and done deals this month.
Kevin Quevedo: This promising Peruvian youngster has been linked with a move to NYCFC since the end of last summer, but the player himself has finally played down the claims recently, committed to stay in Peru. Kevin Quevedo plays for Alianza Lima of Peru, and is a quick, versatile, and energetic forward who can play on either wing. With what NYCFC have right now in the front line, Quevedo wouldn't be bad, but the Peruvian will be staying in Peru for the foreseeable future.
Gary Mackay-Steven: A current forward for Aberdeen, Mackay-Steven is very similar to Quevedo in style. Quick, confident dribbler, and versatile. What makes this report interesting is that Sky Sports recently broke the news after an interview with Aberdeen coach Derek McInnis that NYCFC has approached the Club to speak with Mackay-Stevens's representatives. The Scottish wingers contract ends this summer, and has admitted he has spoken to NYCFC coach Domenec Torrent. He'd make a good signing for New York City, and would be a great addition to the front line.
Jo Inge Berget: This is an outgoing rumor for sure, but the injury prone and underperforming striker Jo Inge Berget is reportedly homesick. Reports suggest that Rosenborg of Norway and former Club Malmo in Sweden are interested in Berget. If you let him go, that's $800,000 yearly salary freed up, and with Villa's $5 million yearly salary freed up, this could free us up to really look at providing potential upgrades in the roster. I'll definitely give Berget another season at least, but if he has another year of mostly unimpressive performances and a good chunk of injuries, he has to be out the door.
Alexandru Mitrita: Finally, this is a weird one. NYCFC ACTUALLY WANT TO SPEND MONEY SIGNING A PLAYER. Romanian international, Alexandru Mitrita has been bang in form over the last 18 months. He currently plies his trade with Universitatea Craiova in Romania's top flight, and over the last two years he's scored 24 goals in 47 league appearances. This season, he has 13 goals in 16 appearances, and leads the Romanian league in goals. A very similar style to the first two players, I'd be interested in Mitrita. The Romanian international can play on either wing, or as an attacking midfielder (would be interesting to see him as a false 9). Craiova are willing to sell him for $6.5 million which smells like a DP Signing for most MLS teams, would NYCFC sign him? To CFG, that kind of money is absolutely nothing compared to the signings of Mahrez, De Bruyne, Mendy, etc. in Manchester. I'd like to see that money be spent, but who knows the real quality between MLS and Romania's top division.
Justin Haak: Our first Home Grown Player from the five boroughs, Justin Haak is the third ever signing after James Sands (signed in 2017) and Joe Scally (signed in 2018). Haak is a center midfielder who can play as a holding midfielder and as a box to box player. Haak is one of the first ever players to be in NYCFCs academy, and has been here for I believe for the full four seasons up until now. Haak knows the expectations, the style, and the players, but needs to be ready to compete in the big time. Best of luck, and hopefully you can be here for a while.
Keaton Parks (loan): Keaton Parks has recently signed from Benfica on a one year loan deal. His highlights show a player who is very comfortable on the ball and can find a pass. He'll be a great acquisition for the team for the upcoming season. Great experience for him and hopefully he can have a great year with NYC.
Ofori (loan): Ebenezer re-signs with NYCFC on yet another loan deal from VFB Stuttgart, but this time the loan deal has the option to buy. Ofori is reliable depth, will hold his position, but isn't as aggressive as Ring, who is the most probably depth to. It's great to have another familiar face with the team, and like Haak, Ofori knows the tradition of this young Club, he knows the expectation, and hopefully he can continue where he left off from in 2018.