We're continuing with our 2015 Position Battles series, with Part 6: Right Wing. So yesterday's news made this a rather interesting write up. With Brian Span being released, there's really only two players on the current roster that can line up on he right side either as a winger or a midfielder. That is unless Pareja has other ideas of converting other players to play that side, we're really only down to Tesho and Atiba Harris.
So let's break it down and don't forget to cast your vote down below!
I'm actually pretty OK with comparing the two statistically as both spent time up top as a target forward and also along the wings. The exact breakdown of the minutes spent there is unknown to me at this point, but at least we're comparing players who played in similar positions. Right off the bat you'll notice that statistically speaking, Akindele is better across the board. Most interesting and possibly alarming is the difference between the two in terms of their "Successful Take On %". What's damning for both players in this regard though is that Akindele only averaged a little over 1 successful take on per 90 and Harris was at a lowly 0.34. For context Fabian Castllo was successful 54% of the time, but managed to do it 4.52 times per 90.
Case for Akindele
This is not the most convincing argument, but he does need to see the field in some shape or form. With Perez most likely continuing to hold onto his starting striker position, there's really only one place on the team for Akindele to see minutes and that's on the right side. Granted, he did do pretty well out there and it's nice to have goal scorers spread out across the team. He's not ideal, but he is the best that Dallas has at the moment.
Case for Harris
The only way that I see Harris getting the nod here is if the experiment to convert him to rightback doesn't work and if Akindele is moved up to forward. Harris does have the speed and is able to create chances either off the dribble or swinging in crosses. I actually think he could perform at the same level of Escobar, to some degree, and be a heckuva lot cheaper.
Or do you guys think someone else on the roster will take that spot? Do note that for this exercise that I'm only including players currently on the roster. I'd love to speculate Chavez, Watson or some big name DP but that'll be for another time.
So what do you guys think? Vote below in the polls, sound off in the comment section. When we've covered all positions on the field, I'll tally the votes up and put together the Fan's Choice Starting XI.