Welcome Mustapha Jarju!

July 12, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2011 | Leave a comment

Today the Whitecaps announced the signing of Gambian international Mustapha Jarju. While he is a relative unknown, we shouldn’t underestimate him because Hassli was also unknown, and Hassli is now a star in Vancouver.  Jarju previously played in Belgium.  Belgium had a colonial history in Africa, and is known for blooding young African players who flock there, often illegally, in order to get a start in European football. It can be a brutal experience for these youngsters so we can count on Jarju, who is only 24, being as tough as nails.   I love him already.

I agree with my friend Pato who says the Whitecaps should avoid established stars and just focus on getting good players in each position. Lets hope Jarju is that. We have been relying on Hassli and Camilo almost exclusively for goals, and young boy strikers Salgado and Tan still have a long way to go to be able to score regularly at this level.  We now have another striking option in Jarju, a proven goalscorer.  He may be played as a withdrawn striker or offensive midfielder; apparently he has played midfield when he plays for Gambia in international matches.

The question remains: who will get Jarju the ball so he can score? Stay tuned for the Whitecaps signing a good creative midfielder in the transfer window.

If Jarju pans out as a goalscorer and we can sign a good central midfielder, watch for our win column to go up dramatically.

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