I’ll Take Designated Player for 8 Million Euros, Alex Edition

The big news of the last week was confirmation on the signing of Alexandru Mitrita for €8 million ($9.2 million). The addition of the diminutive Romanian attacker is the third largest inbound transfer in league history- only less than Atlanta‘s recent acquisition of Gonzalo Martinez for €13.2 million and Ezequiel Barco last off-season for €12.3 million.

It is nice seeing the club spend big money on a designated player, but there are some major questions about where exactly Mitrita slots into Dome Torrent’s 433 and who is going to be playing striker with the exits of David Villa and Jo-Inge Berget.  

Despite mainly featuring as an attacking midfielder for club and country, Mitrita- who scored 12 goals in 16 games in the Romanian first division this fall- could theoretically slot in as a Sebastian Giovinco-like #9. Dome has seen smaller, more fluid attackers at striker as Pep Guardiola’s right hand with Sergio Aguero at Manchester City and Lionel Messi at Barcelona. It reminds to be seen if we can expect Mitrita to be as successful as those two in MLS.

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Hard to take much out of this game. Tactically, Dome pushed out a his version of the 433 that has more of a 4141 shape with completely different first and second half squads.

First half lineup
Second half lineup

Without Mitrita and Jonathan Lewis, Jesus Medina and Maxi Moralez were forced to play less than optimal positions which resulted in a central midfield that was devoid of any real offensive threats and creativity. While not the most exciting game, the sivler-lining is that despite the academy and backup players used, the Pigeons still did not give up a goal in the run of play to a Europa league team.

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