The LA Galaxy have added another dynamic option to an already potent attack. Jack McInerney is all of 24 years of age, has already played for four clubs (Los Angeles will be his fifth) and has scored 43 goals.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) April 20, 2017
The move makes sense offensively as the Galaxy seem to be relying too heavily on Romain Alessandrini as fellow LA Soccer Nation writer Pablo Jacobo eluded to. In his 6 years McInerney has averaged 7.17 goals per season. It might not seem like much, but compared to Galaxy former fan favorite forward Alan Gordon’s 6.5 goals per season in his last two seasons with the Galaxy; one can see that type of production is vital.
Priorities Mixed Up
However, others (myself included) would argue that the last thing the Galaxy needed was another attacking option. Having given up 10 goals in 6 games this season, the defensive needs outweigh anything else. A center defender would have been a much needed and welcomed signing. As much as we like Nathan Smith and Ashley Cole, there is not much quality depth if either of them go down.
The goalkeeper position is a puzzling one as coach Curt Onalfo seems to simply prefer Clement Diop over Brian Rowe. Rowe has really done nothing wrong, even finishing with the second most amount of saves in the MLS this past season. Diop has cat-like reflexes and has made some nice saves. However, he often parries when he should catch and I don’t even have to mention the mistakes against Vancouver Whitecaps a few weeks ago.
Where McInerney Fits
Now that the deal has been finalized, lets see the two options that may be implemented by Onalfo in the near future.
Option 1: McInerney takes up the deep forward position. Before you hoot and holler, let me explain. We all love Emmanuel Boateng, but we also have to understand that he will and does get tired. Because of this I could see Gyasi Zardes slide out wide once again opposite Alessandrini. Giovani dos Santos would occupy the role he already plays. McInerney is a goal poacher and a workhorse who’s favorite position is in between the center backs. Boateng off the bench is a better option than what the Galaxy have with Raul Mendiola, Jack McBean, and Ariel Lassiter.
Option 2: McInerney and Zardes play together up top, with Boateng and Alessandrini continuing to occupy the wings. The change would come in the midfield as Onalfo may consider moving João Pedro to the bench as he is struggling to find his feet. Jermaine Jones would slide into the holding midfielder role and dos Santos would occupy the offensive midfield position.
So what’s the best option?
Option 2 is far more exciting of an offensive lineup if McInerney is able to gel right away and become another weapon for this attack.
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