With COVID-19 still at the center of the world’s affairs, international travel has been a pain to say the least. And the footballing market has definitely suffered for it.
New York City FC has experienced their own issues, with Danish left back Malte Amundsen taking a full two months after his official transfer to obtain a visa and make his move to the the United States. And he isn’t the only one.
Thiago Andrade — a Brazilian winger — was officially announced by NYCFC on April 10th. And almost a month later, the acquisition from Bahia is still in Brazil. In a time where City are strapped for attack-minded players, Andrade’s arrival has been much anticipated.
According to manager Ronny Deila, that wait could be over as soon as next week.
Ronny Deila says there is a "big chance" new signing Thiago Andrade arrives and begins training at the club next week. The forward is arriving from Brazil. #NYCFC— Jake Nisse (@jakenisse) May 6, 2021
In a presser ahead of Saturday’s match against Orlando City, the NYCFC manager said: “There’s a good chance he arrives next week. He [has] an appointment at the embassy in Brazil this week, there’s a big chance you’ll see him next week.”
With Héber still on the mend, NYCFC’s current attacking corps consists of Taty Castellanos, Jesus Medina, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, and Andres Jasson. And with City typically employing three attackers at any given time, that is an area where they face a lack of viable options. In the interim, Medina and Castellanos have both picked up the goalscoring tab with each having three goals in as many appearances thus far in 2021. This production has been done well to increase both players’ polarizing image in the Five Boroughs as it pertains to their attacking skillset.
Should Thiago arrive to New York next week, Deila’s options for the attack increase dramatically as does the cover for Héber upon his return.
NYCFC also have two free Designated Player roster spots which many speculate will be filled in the summer transfer window.