As reports stated that center-forward Julian Carranza could be out for an extended amount of time, who could be the next man to lead the Inter Miami line in his absence?
MIAMI, Fla. (February 19, 2020) —
Last week it was revealed by sporting director Paul McDonough that Inter Miami’s first-ever signing, Julián Carranza, who arrived from Club Atlético Banfield in Argentina, will miss the first two months of the team’s inaugural season due to an injury to his left foot.
The 19-year-old was welcomed to Miami with much fanfare along with fellow Argentine Matías Pellegrini. At last week’s press interview fellow Argentine teammate Nico Figal stressed just how important Carranza is to the team:
“It hurts to lose him like it would any player. By losing Juli, we lose a lot because he’s a very important player for us, a player who has a lot of promise, a forward that comes from a great start in Argentina. But we’ll try to replace him the best we can.”
Looking at the club’s depth chart so far, the candidate to fill in for Carranza is Juan Agudelo, a veteran of MLS and the USMNT. Agudelo can play out wide or through the centre and run through the channels. However, Agudelo unfortunately incurred a muscle injury in the club’s 2-1 preseason loss to the Philadelphia Union.
These injuries leave manager Diego Alonso in a hole as the first game versus Los Angeles Football Club fast approaches. Alonso will have to look elsewhere for goals. While Jerome Kiesewetter and Robbie Robinson could potentially lead the line, can they be the replacement for Carranza in Inter Miami’s starting lineup?
According to the Miami Herald, McDonough reiterated that the club is actively looking for both a centre-forwaerd and a box-to-box midfielder. There are rumours resurfacing out of Argentina that 20-year-old Boca Junior’s player Agustin Almendra will be transferred as Miami’s third and final Designated Player; however, that leaves unsolved the issue of who the club will pick up as a potential number nine.
McDonough also mentioned that the club has closed the door on possibly signing 25-year-old Colombian Roger Martinez. If Almendra will take up a DP spot, Inter Miami will have to search for a high-quality centre-forward using their Allocation Money budget.
The question is who? The European transfer window is closed, and with it, any possibility of obtaining Edinson Cavani or another European player now. Ideally, Miami is in need of two strikers to ensure proper depth to the roster.
Rodolfo Pizarro’s signing shows that Miami can land a quality player that fits the type of soccer Diego Alonso wants the team to play. But the question now is will they acquire the player they need in time for the first game?