Blasphemy? Perhaps. But I believe Seattle would be well-served to offload Fredy Montero if, and only if, they could replace him with a speedy, goal-nosed striker. Real Salt Lake’s Robbie Findley, the Oregon State graduate, comes to mind.
As this article attests, the Sounders have had difficulty finding the right balance with Freddie Ljungberg and Montero. They are, in effect, the same type of player – both command the ball to their feet in the offensive third.
They may have found the solution, but I believe a bigger, speedier player would solve Sounders FC’s biggest offensive concern – the inability to finish crosses. On the left, Steve Zakuani has been dumping in crosses at a remarkable rate. However, most fans I’ve spoken with believe the ratio of goals to good chances is surprisingly low. The result: Seattle players walking out of the stadium with a tie or a loss after outplaying their opponents.
Finally, I believe Seattle fans wouldn’t be sorry to see Montero leave. He’s been drawing an increasing amount of ire for his perceived lack of toughness. Time and again, Montero goes to ground in search of a whistle that never comes. A star in his debut, the public opinion has steadily moved to the negative over the past three months. Currently, Sounders FC fans view him as a petulant star, a primadonna not tough enough to compete in Major League Soccer.
Another player who may not be pleased with Montero is Ljungberg. Against San Jose, Montero effectively stole a ball from Ljungberg, only to turn it over a moment later. Confidence is one thing, but the younger players need to defer to the veterans.
That’s my two cents. If not Findley, guys like Ryan Johnson, Patrick Nyarko, Josh Wolff, or Omar Cummings would also fit the bill. I also really like what I see from Yura Movsisyan – I may be alone here though.
This idle speculation may not even be necessary – since Montero is on loan from his Colombian team, I am unsure of the mechanics of such a transaction. But it’s interesting to think about.
What do you think? Montero’s been more dangerous as of late – should we keep him? If you Adrian Hanauer’s job for a day, what is the one personnel move you would make?