The people have spoken and the results are in for the most recent Reader Poll: How should NYCFC replace Taty Castellanos? If New York City FC sporting director David Lee was replaced by the community of Hudson River Blue readers, it looks like we would sign a new striker this summer.
Reader Poll Results: How should NYCFC replace Taty Castellanos?
|1. Return Héber to the starting striker role||78||38%|
|2. Move Talles Magno into the center of the attack||43||21%|
|3. Sign a new striker||85||41%|
You can certainly understand why the fans voted for City Football Group to dig deep into their pockets and flash some cash on a new striker. First of all, that’s just about the most exciting off-the-field move your club can pull in any setting: Singing a striker is flat-out exciting.
But when you think about it, it’s not just the idea of a shiny new toy up top that drove the votes in this poll. Between David Villa and Taty, NYCFC have pretty much always had their star No 9 they could turn to when they needed a goal.
Sure, through the years we’ve always gotten solid goal output from our wingers and midfielders, but our central striker has always been “the guy.” Now, with Taty off to Spain, it’s super-understandable why the people want to begin the search for the next shoulder New York City can lean on for consistent production.
But this was by no means a landslide, as Héber got a lot of love from the NYCFC faithful as well, with many clearly believing that the experienced Brazilian can still get it done for The Boys in Blue.
A lot of this vote has surely been driven by some solid performances recently by the NYCFC veteran, who has netted five goals in just 447 MLS minutes this year.
But the option voted for the least was to move young Talles Magno into the central striker role from the left wing position that he has called home since the start of this season. And for me, I tend to agree with the voters at this stage.
Sure, it’d be fun to see what such an exciting young player can do in a more central position in front of goal, but as they say “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.
With eight goals and six assists across all competitions this season, he certainly ain’t broke, so I say we leave him out on the left where he can continue to produce at an impressive rate for someone who’s only just turned 20.
A big thanks to everyone who voted, liked, commented, and re-tweeted. Your participation is what makes these polls insightful and exciting, so again THANK YOU!