CF Montréal’s globetrotting offseason aimed so as to add competition, flexibility for Thierry Henry

CF Montréal’s recruitment coverage this winter has been a globetrotting affair. As consumed on the digital stage, after all, like most issues over the past 12 months.

Montréal began in MLS with trades for Djordje Mihailovic, Kamal Miller and Kiki Struna, then have acquired players from Belgium (Zorhan Bassong), Nigeria (Sunusi Ibrahim), South Korea (Bjorn Johnsen), Argentina (Joaquin Torres) and Egypt (Ahmed Hamdi). 

All in all, Montreal have made eight additions so far whereas 9 players from last year’s playoff squad is not going to return. 

“The market continues to be open so that you by no means know what could occur, however actually, I feel the most important a part of our transfers is already completed,” sporting director Olivier Renard instructed media on a digital press conference Monday.

A transparent goal for the membership was to create extra competition for minutes among the many squad, one thing Renard believes they’ve completed well. 

One other goal was to present Thierry Henry loads of choices each in high quality and for tactical flexibility. Significantly in attack, Henry has myriad totally different combos to select from. Ibrahim and Johnsen, who’s a Norwegian international, join incumbent center forward Mason Toye, whereas Romell Quioto proved he’s as adept at enjoying by the center as he’s enjoying extensive.

Along with his goal scoring report at numerous stops in his nomadic career, Johnsen provides Henry a conventional target man. The 6-foot-4 forward is understood for his aerial prowess. 

“He was a profile we had been missing,” Renard said. “He’s robust within the air— I do know this isn’t the philosophy of Thierry, he prefers to play football, however when you could play the ball lengthy, you want a striker who can maintain the ball. It’s so essential for the team, for the coach to have somebody like this.”

Henry was fluid along with his techniques in his first season in control of Montréal. He started within the preseason with a 4-3-3 formation, however shortly shifted to varied 5 on the back formations as soon as the season started.

“It’s not about just the strikers,” Renard said. “We’ve extra prospects to change defensively, like three players who can play left back. The coach has the likelihood to play three on the back. The variety of the players, the coach is happy with.”

Renard took over in Montréal in the direction of the end of the 2019 season. That is his second offseason steering the ship because the squad continues to evolve. 

“I’m very assured and happy with the players we signed,” Renard said. “These players weren’t our third or fourth decisions. For those who’re signing your tenth alternative just to sign a player, it’s a problem. Once I arrived, the dressing room was older. I’ve modified many issues. It’s not that I needed to kick players out, however when you might have the chance to make change, you need to do it.”

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