Lamar Neagle: Sounders Thierry Henry?
Hear me out…
Thierry is one of the most prolific goal scorers of our generation, and of all time. Now I am not comparing the quality of Thierry
Henry to Lamar Neagle, in no offense to Lamar because I doubt Henry is any good at FIFA and Lamar is the champ. I’m talking about the role that Lamar can play for this team.
With nine official goals last year in all competitions while splitting time between wide midfielder and striker, Lamar became a quality finisher and valued strike partner to Obafemi Martins. Neagle averaged a goal every two games when playing as a striker and has real chemistry with a lot of his teammates. His best piece of quality is running at defenders with the option to cut inside and either shoot or play the ball off to a teammate and continue his run.
Lamar is selected to spend most of his time on the left side of the formation, and should be given the freedom to bound forward and combine with Oba and others. Lamar is very good in the air, and is very strong when thumping around with center backs. I think Lamar is an underrated passer in the final third, and has that creative side to him which you don’t really see with other players in the league.
Henry spent significant amounts of time on the left hand side of the formation for both Arsenal and FC Barcelona, while creating and finishing some of the most outstanding goals I have ever seen. Remember that loan spell in 2012 back with Arsenal in the F.A. Cup against Leeds? Classic Henry.
I truly believe Lamar has something in his play that is starting to slowly show to be something special. Whether it be a clutch goal at the right time, or a string of great performances, there will be a moment where Lamar will be celebrating with his Washington born teammate DeAndre Yedlin, while Sounders supporters and fans go crazy. Lets hope Lamar continues with consistent playing time, and wait for THAT moment.