JOSUÉ CURRAIS, better known as “Josu” is the latest addition to the struggling FC Cincinnati squad. Rumors swirled last week on social media and foreign press that Josu was headed to Cincinnati. A press release Monday confirmed the move.
“Josu adds to our group, a quality left-footed player who can play in a variety of positions,” said Head Coach Alan Koch. “He is an attack-minded left back, but can also play further up the field if needed. He has had some great experiences in Spain and India, and will be a young player who will be able to come in and compete to start immediately within our group. We are excited to add him to the team and integrate him in with his new teammates.”
The 5’9” defender spent time as a youngster developing at La Masia, The Football Academy of FC Barcelona. Josu has played professionally in Finland with Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho (SJK), Terracina Calcio 1925 in Italy, Gornik Leczna in Poland, Kerala Blasters of the Indian Super League, Wilmington Hammerheads in the USL and most recently with Extremedura UD in the Spanish third division.
What Can He Add?
What has been the biggest complaint recently from FC Cincinnati fans? “We need more people in the penalty box to score!” At first glance, you may not think a left back is an answer or factor in this equation but look at it this way. If somehow Josu can develop into a legitimate attacking threat on the wing, could that allow Jimmy McLaughlin or Victor Mansaray to move centrally?
Another factor could in theory be, has Koch felt that we have been slow defensively and the addition of this pacey player could allow more personnel and formation experimentation? Could we see a different run out, say a 4-4-2 or 3-5-2 if Koch feels more comfortable with Currias at LB/Wingback? These thoughts don’t even consider his potential to play as a midfielder for FCC.
The play of our current left back Tyler Polak has been solid this season, but in an improving league, competition could also bring a higher level of play from our current roster. This signing may not have the shine as some of our others, but he could end up making a big difference in how the team moves forward.
***According to a tweet from @FCCincinnati, Josu will not be in country and will not feature in this weeks US Open Cup match or the upcoming league match vs. Bethlehem Steel FC.
@BryanWeigel for @CincySoccerTalk
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