New York City FC are reportedly competing with FC Copenhagen for the services of 20-year-old attacking midfielder/winger, Jesus Medina. This news comes straight from Medina himself, on Paraguayan radio. NYCFC currently have two international spots available, following the signing of Anton Tinnerholm and trade of Frederic Brillant.
Medina plays for Libertad, the 2017 champions of Paraguay’s Primera División. He made his debut with the senior squad as a 15-year-old in 2012. Since then, he has gone on to make 72 appearances with the club, netting 17 goals. He has also advanced from Paraguay’s U17 team to the top-line national team along the way, making his debut this past July.
Medina primarily appears on the left side of the pitch, so he would compete with Rodney Wallace for playing time. He might even be able to form a platoon with Wallace for this year. Wallace could start when they need defense and Medina when they need offense.
It remains unclear as to whether NYCFC would have to pay a transfer fee or if Medina would be signed as a Designated Player, but he would certainly take up a international slot. If Medina decides to come to NYCFC, here is what the depth chart would look like:
Medina would clearly be a youthful, impactful signing, and he is a very creative player (here is his 2016 highlight reel). If he turns out to be a very good player, he could eventually be sold and the money reinvested into the club. Hopefully he’ll choose NYCFC, as he could be a real difference maker for the club.
What do you think? Would this be a good signing? Would he even choose NYCFC over Europe? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below!