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Galaxy re-sign Ema Boateng: Ways they should use him

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Ema Boateng of the LA Galaxy dribbling the ball against LAFC | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | March 31, 2018

The LA Galaxy continue to round out their roster and announced the re-signing of midfielder Emmanuel Boateng. The 24-year-old who has 87 matches in a Galaxy uniform will continue his career with the only team he has known in the MLS.

“We are excited that Ema will be returning to LA Galaxy,” general manager Dennis te Kloese said in a news release. “Ema is a talented young player who brings excitement and depth to our roster. We look forward to his continued development as a player and future contributions to our team.

New Galaxy coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto will have to decide how best to utilize Boateng for 2019 and here are some of his options.

Starter or Sub

Boateng when on the pitch has the kind of speed coaches love. A former track star, Boateng can use that speed to attack defenders and break down an opponents back line.

With this kind of skill the question remains how do you use his speed? Do you put Boateng out with the starting 11 or use him as a change of space sub when the offense needs a boast?

LA Galaxy winger Ema Boateng on the sideline with Seattle star Cristian Roldan looking on | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | September 23, 2018

Of his eight goals and 12 assists with the Galaxy, in all but five games has Boateng collected them as a sub. The other 15 times Boateng found himself on the team scoring sheet as a starter.

Despite statistics showing his success as a starter a cluttered midfield put Boateng on the bench most of last season. He started only 12 of 27 games. With less certainty of how the roster will look in March the Galaxy have to trust Boateng and put him in the starting lineup.

He’s your wingman

There should be no doubt, where Boateng should play on the pitch. The best way to use Boateng is on the wing.

LA Galaxy’s Ema Boateng attempting to hold off a Portland defender. | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | March 4, 2018

Having Boateng on the wing gives the Galaxy a chance to attack from the flanks with pace and speed. Leave the middle of the pitch to the likes of Sebastian Lletget.

If the Galaxy want to breakdown defenses have Boateng coming in on the wing will open up things for Ola Kamara and Zlatan Ibrahimovic up front.

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