NYCFC head coach Ronny Deila: “We want extra high quality players”

Like many different teams throughout MLS, the squad that New York City FC opened preseason with will not be the finished product. For NYCFC, it’s miles from it.

Head coach Ronny Deila did not mince phrases on the topic, echoing a sentiment shared amongst many followers. 

“We’ve got a really young squad, the depth on this squad will not be ok to do one thing in MLS,” Deila advised media on a digital press conference. “We want extra high quality players.”

NYCFC traded Alexander Ring to Austin FC, Ronald Matarrita to FC Cincinnati, transferred Joe Scally to Borussia Monchengladbach whereas rotational forward Gary Mackay-Steven additionally departed. The team’s solely key addition up to now has been left back Malte Amundsen.

They nonetheless have loads of stalwarts from one of many league’s most constant teams over the past few years, like Maxi Moralez, Anton Tinnerholm, Alex Callens, James Sands and extra. 

“The beginning XI goes to be sturdy, however the depth will not be the identical as we had last year,” Deila said.

NYCFC nonetheless have loads of flexibility so as to add to the squad. 

Solely Moralez at the moment occupies a delegated player spot, whereas they’ve loads of senior and international roster spots open. The trades of Ring and Matarrita returned a ton of common allocation cash, whereas a few of Scally’s switch payment might be transformed to GAM as well. 

“We’ve got the chance to sign good players to come in and give the team extra depth and high quality,” Deila said. “We take a look at totally different positions, we want some players on the left side. We solely have one striker proper now. We solely have Maxi as a transparent No. 10. We’ve got positions we have to do one thing at. We’re working hard to get this proper.”

Deila additionally offered an replace on forward Heber, who’s recovering from a torn ACL. The team’s 2019 main scorer with 15 goals in 22 video games did not fairly discover the identical kind in 2020 earlier than struggling his season-ending injury. He’ll be back so as to add to the standard earlier than lengthy as well, however is not close. 

“Heber continues to be in Brazil having good coaching there,” Deila said. “He’ll join us after we come back from coaching camp. He’ll be out there to play round June or July, round there. Worst case August.”

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